Jadon Sancho determined to deliver for Manchester United
A year ago, Jadon Sancho alone would have been enough to satisfy Manchester United fans.
Now Sancho is here and Cristiano Ronaldo too, and the pressure has eased a little on the winger as a result.
There are still high expectations on the £73 million signing, but not too much will be demanded of him too soon, that pressure instead falls to Ronaldo.
He wants his United career to be a big success and after scoring 16 goals for Borussia Dortmund last season and also providing 19 assists, Sancho insists he will play with the same attacking intensity.
Sancho told UMM confidently: “I’ve got to keep playing my game, I’m not going to change what I’ve been doing in Germany.
“I’ve just got to bring it here and hopefully I can show the fans what I can deliver.”
Battle for places
Sancho has only started one match so far of United’s opening three, and was just working his way to full fitness when he picked up a minor injury with England.
One challenge Sancho will face is the competition for places. He can’t just walk into the side, he has to earn it, with heavy competition now on both flanks.
The good news is Sancho can play on both sides, competing with Mason Greenwood on the right, and Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford on the left when the latter is fit again.
The competition means Sancho will sharpen his game and it should work in his favour if he approaches it with the right attitude.
Sancho has of course been here and done it before. He came through as a young player at Dortmund and pushed Christian Pulisic out of the team, before the American was eventually sold to Chelsea.
So he won’t be intimidated by the competition, it’s just a case of battling with the sheer quality of Greenwood and Rashford.
Sancho says he is not going to change the attacking principles of his game, but there may have to be one or two minor tweaks as he adjusts to the intensity of the Premier League.
He left the England squad early to return to United and could be in contention to feature this weekend against Newcastle, although he was not pictured in Monday’s training session.
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