Jadon Sancho made his first Old Trafford start in the 4-1 win against Newcastle United in a match where Cristiano Ronaldo inevitably claimed the headlines with a match-winning performance on his second debut for the club.
Sancho started on the left-hand side alongside Bruno Fernandes, Mason Greenwood and Ronaldo, to form a formidable front four.
The former Dortmund man who missed England’s World Cup qualifiers after sustaining a knock in training was replaced by Jesse Lingard after 65 minutes.
How did Sancho do?
Only Paul Pogba (3) and Luke Shaw (4) registered more key passes than the 21-year-old (2).
He linked up well with Shaw on United’s left and always maintained the width to ensure Newcastle’s defence was stretched and had to keep an eye over their shoulders.
However, United legend Bryan Robson believes that Sancho is currently playing it ‘safe’ with a lot of the decisions he is making and he would like him to be ‘braver’ (Daily Mail).
Robson feels that introducing that element of risk and ability to impose himself of games, something Sancho did to devastating effect during his time with Dortmund will be encouraged by Sancho’s new teammate Ronaldo.
He said: “With Jadon Sancho I believe he is playing ‘safe’ almost within himself. I’d like him to be braver and I’m sure Cristiano will encourage the same.”
Champions League next
Sancho will hope to register his first goalscoring contribution in a United shirt in the trip to Young Boys on Tuesday.
With Fernandes, Greenwood and Ronaldo all playing a part in the goals yesterday, Sancho will be eager to join the party.
His confidence and understanding playing in this United side will be improving with every passing game and when it does eventually all click into place for United’s number 25, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have yet another devastating matchwinner in his ranks.
No one will be putting more pressure on Sancho to contribute than the man himself, but the signs are promising and with Ronaldo’s return taking the limelight off him, the £73m man (BBC Sport) is simmering nicely.
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