Sancho discusses free-kick prowess and playing alongside Ronaldo

Jadon Sancho has pointed out his ability to score from free kicks in an interview with England’s official YouTube channel.

Sancho talked about the clip below from his Instagram feed, showing him scoring from a dead ball situation in a 2-0 Champions League win over Club Brugge in November 2020.

He acknowledged there is plenty of competition at international level to get on free-kicks.

And one of the men he is competing with to get his hands on the ball for United is Cristiano Ronaldo and he also discussed playing alongside him.

RONALDO NEEDS TO STOP WHINING.

“Free kicks, Champions League – you see at England, everyone is hating on free kicks like: ‘why is Sanch there?’ This clip right here shows everyone why I should be taking free kicks.

“I don’t want to hear anything from Trent [Alexander-Arnold], Mason [Mount], Raz [Raheem Sterling], Luke [Shaw]. My time will come. When I take a free kick, you know what’s going on.”

On playing with Ronaldo, he said: “When I first saw (he was coming back), I thought: ‘that’s crazy!’ Obviously what he’s been doing to throughout his career.

“To be working alongside him is very good. One thing [I was] eager to see is how he works behind the closed doors and for a young player like myself it will be good to see how to get to the top level and elevate.”

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When Sancho joined United, he said he models his game slightly on Ronaldo, while trying to be his own unique player as well.

One way to get to that level is becoming reliable and accurate from free kicks.

Ronaldo has an eye-catching technique but he actually hits the wall fairly often, which is notable for a player who is usually so clinical in everything he does.

Ralf Rangnick may have his own views on who the free kick takers should be and Sancho will be hoping for a chance to show what he can do ahead of the likes of Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes.

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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.