Jadon Sancho’s slow start at Manchester United should not have come as a surprise to any German fans who watched him in action last season.

Among the 16 goals he scored in 2019/20, 14 of them came after January 1.

The German press had seemed to revel in his lack of impact early on at United, with Sky Germany particularly unfair in their criticism. The Mail reporting they dubbed him ‘007’, in reference to a tally of zero goals and zero assists in seven games.

Fortunately they stopped counting after that, and in his 15th United match, Sancho finally found the scoresheet.

Sancho’s goal was welcomed by ex Dortmund teammates Erling Haaland and Jude Bellingham. The goal against Villarreal hit the headlines in Germany too.

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How the German press reacted to Sancho’s strike

Kicker wrote: “In the 15th attempt it was Sancho’s first competitive goal for United, after the 21-year-old Englishman’s depressing months. Under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Sancho was occasionally in the starting XI, but mostly wrapped in a thick winter jacket on the bench.”

Sport1 wrote that the goal could be a turning point for the winger: “Sancho’s golden times in Manchester – they too could finally have started on Tuesday evening in Villarreal.”

Der Westen wrote of Sancho’s celebration: “The ex-BVB star screams all the frustration of the last few months from his soul.”

 

The newspaper added: “His time at Manchester United has so far been anything but satisfactory for the 21-year-old. Sancho was often only a substitute, often remained pale in his appearances and could not build on the performances from BVB times.

“The goal must have been a relief for the young Englishman. Now he has to confirm his performance in the coming weeks.”

NTV wrote: “Jadon Sancho is moving to Manchester United for an unbelievable amount of money in the summer – the highly talented winger does unbelievably little there. A real breakthrough could have come about in a very weak Champions League game, of all places.

“A complicated evening could have started something bigger than just making it to the last 16 clubs. At least with Jadon Sancho, this clever footballer.”

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Sancho’s move is still the right one

One day after Manchester United booked a place in the Champions League last 16 as group winners, Sancho’s former club took a step backwards.

With Ajax already sewing up top spot in their group, Borussia Dortmund took on Sporting in a battle for second place.

Sporting won the game easily, beating Dortmund 3-1, to move three points ahead of the Bundesliga side who are now in third place, and eliminated as a result of the defeat.

Erling Haaland and Jude Bellingham will be playing Europa League football next year.

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