Jadon Sancho’s move to Manchester United has already been announced and is just pending his medical and unveiling.
The winger arrives at a moment where his Dortmund German Cup final trophy success has been tinged with the disappointment of Euro 2020 heartbreak.
Sancho missed one of the penalties in the deciding shootout, along with Marcus Rashford and Bukayo Saka.
This might feel like an unfortunate time then for Sancho to return to the Premier League spotlight.
The pressure was already on Sancho due to his fee, the long wait for his arrival, and now the penalty miss added to the mix intensifies the spotlight on his start at Manchester United.
Fortunately Sancho has one of the best man managers in the business looking out for him.
Say what you want about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s lack of trophies so far at United and ability to win when it really matters. Those are issues for another day which Sancho can help with. At his end, Solskjaer will help Sancho cope with the pressure.
Solskjaer has never singled out a player for criticism and do not expect him to start now. It is a refreshing change from Jose Mourinho’s fiery approach.
The United boss was furious with the way England handled Mason Greenwood last year and some of the press criticism which came the teenager’s way.
Solskjaer will not stand for any criticism of Sancho, and he will take him out of the spotlight and give him a rest if he needs to. Likewise he will keep backing him and keep playing him if he feels it is in the player’s interests to get back out there on the pitch.
Last year there was speculation Harry Maguire may need a break after a difficult spell on and off the pitch. Solskjaer spoke to the captain and decided the best option was to let him play through it. The decision worked.
Solskjaer knows his players and will tailor his approach towards them. He will make the best decision for Jadon Sancho.
The way he has supported and helped Luke Shaw speaks volumes.
Shaw told Sky Sports earlier this year: “His man-management is second to none. The way he conducts himself in terms of how he speaks to the players, it gets the best out of them. You can see that.
“He deals with situations perfectly in terms of what is needed, especially at a big club like Manchester United. He takes the pressure off the lads and takes it all himself.”
Sancho will benefit from this approach if he needs it. Solskjaer will be looking out for his best interests on a daily basis.
Even when situations have got heated with Paul Pogba’s agent, Solskjaer has always kept his cool and made sure the player has the right environment to perform.
Sancho will get everything he needs at United and whether Solskjaer is the boss in five years time, nobody knows, he has to earn that. But in the here and now, Sancho could not ask for a better manager to help him adjust to life in the Old Trafford spotlight.
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