Luke Shaw and Jesse Lingard praise ‘unbelievable’ teammate Jadon Sancho

Jadon Sancho hasn’t had the best start to his first season as a Manchester United player.

He is still waiting for his first goal in a red shirt but there have been recent signs that his confidence is growing.

And Sancho’s quality and ability has been appreciated by his teammates, who have backed him.

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England and United colleague Luke Shaw said as per the Daily Mail: “Sometimes, for people, it takes time but I wouldn’t say he’s struggling at the moment.


“He’s working extremely hard behind closed doors and training really well and looking really sharp. He just hasn’t had that bit of luck that sometimes you need for your first goal or first assist. His time will come.

“But I’ve got no doubt in my mind, it’s coming. The talent he has is unbelievable, he can go right to the very top. It’s just about him staying focused, keep doing what he’s doing in training and working hard.”

Shaw’s comments suggest he expects the 21-year-old to become one of the best players in the world when he’s at his peak.

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Lingard praise

Another player who is away with Sancho on international duty is Jesse Lingard and he also spoke positively about the winger.

Lingard said to ESPN: “We all know Jadon is a world class player and one of the best young talents in the world at the moment. At a big club like Manchester United it is always going to be pressure.

“But Jadon is a professional, has been around the game a long time and I feel like he’s slowly adapting now and you can see glimpses of that in the previous games that he’s played.

“We can see that in in training week in week out. There’s no doubt that he will succeed at United, I’ve got full confidence in that.”

Sancho was a signing made with the next ten or 12 years in mind. In the grand scheme of things, a slightly slow opening couple of months shouldn’t matter too much in the grand scheme of things.

His teammates can tell how good Sancho is – and he’s only going to get better. His attitude in training is seemingly great.

Sancho will hope to play when England face Andorra tomorrow night. That will be an easy Three Lions victory and it could provide an opportunity to get a first goal of the season.

Regardless of the opposition, that should boost Sancho’s confidence. His United performances have been improving too, and it’s only a matter of time before the goals and assists he was providing at Dortmund come.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.