Solskjaer backs Sancho to overcome slow start to his United career

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has defended Jadon Sancho after a difficult start to his Manchester United career.

The summer signing from Borussia Dortmund hasn’t scored or provided an assist yet and Solskjaer was asked about him in an interview with the club website ahead of the game with Aston Villa.

Solskjaer said the statistics show the work Sancho is doing for the team and backed the England international to come good.

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“He’s working his socks off, all the stats show that,” said Solskjaer of Sancho.

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“I thought in the game the other night, he was giving us loads of legs and attitude.

He had a little difficult spell about 15/20 minutes into the game and he really came through and showed his character in front of a full stadium.

“He wanted to take the ball and he’s going to come good.”

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Sancho will be worth the wait

The start of Sancho’s United career was disrupted by Euro 2020 and then by an illness which delayed his return to pre-season.

He has also played largely on the left wing so far, when he was bought to play on the right.

Sancho has too much talent and potential not to be worth the wait; he’s just feeling his way back into his new club.

The arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo takes some attention off Sancho – which is good – but also provides another layer of difficulty to his adjustment.

Sancho will come good, he just needs a slice of luck to go his way and get his confidence up.

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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.