Manchester United return to action this Saturday against Watford, and for one player, it is a very special game.
Jadon Sancho began his football career at Watford, before he was snapped up by Manchester City, eventually leaving them for Dortmund.
Watford even earned around £2 million from the £73 million fee United paid for Sancho, as part of a future sales fee owed to them for their role in his development, the Watford Observer reported.
Get Sancho into the side
United are expected to change formation back to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s preferred 4-2-3-1 system.
This is after the 3-5-2 deployed against Manchester City backfired spectacularly.
The system does not offer a natural role for Sancho, and getting him into the team has to become a priority.
United signed Sancho as a game changing player, and supporters are yet to see that.
This is a player who made more passes into the penalty box than any other star in the Bnundesliga last season, on his way to scoring 16 goals and providing 19 assists in all competitions.
Sancho has had to deal with minor injury and Euro 2020 hangover shortly after signing for United. He also started last season slowly for Dortmund too.
Now it is time to wipe aside the disappointing opening few months of his United career, and move forward.
Solskjaer needs to put Sancho at the top of his agenda and concentrate on finding a way to get the best out him.
Too good not to utilise
Sancho needs a run of games now and these upcoming matches against Watford, Villarreal, Chelsea, and Arsenal are a great opportunity for him.
There is likely to be some rotation, with Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood all competing with Sancho for wide positions.
Solskjaer needs to ensure Sancho gets the lion’s share of minutes and starts at least three of those four games.
Having chased Sancho for two years and spent the club’s fourth highest transfer fee of all time, it is time to give the winger a proper run.
Sancho will be desperate to prove a point, having lost his place in the recent England squad due to a lack of game time. With the Three Lions clinching World Cup qualification, the former Dortmund winger will want to show his true value.
In the setting of Watford, the club where his career started, it is the perfect way for Sancho to rise like a phoenix from the flames of Manchester United’s season.
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