Solskjaer comments on Sancho's performance against Villarreal

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has praised Jadon Sancho’s performance against Villarreal.

Sancho still hasn’t scored yet for United, and England manager Gareth Southgate commented on his slow start to life at Old Trafford when announcing his England squad earlier this week.

As per Sky Sports, Southgate said: “Does he deserve to be in on these performances over the last few weeks? Well, probably not.”

Solskjaer defended his player and said that he has absolutely no doubt the winger will come good.

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“Was that interview done before Wednesday night?” asked Solskjaer of Southgate’s comments, which were made on Thursday afternoon. “Jadon was exceptional, he was electric, the crowd loved him.

“I think he felt that connection with the crowd and that’s what we want from him. Direct, positive, went past [Juan] Foyth numerous times. Yeah, he’s not scored yet but I thought that night: ‘I hope we see more of that’.

“Gareth also said it’s important that Jadon knows we believe in him, invest the time in him. He’s going to be a top player. It’s going to come, his performances are going to come. We’ve got players here he can learn from.

“Cristiano [Ronaldo], Edinson [Cavani], their professionalism but also international teammates Mason [Greenwood], Jesse [Lingard] and Marcus [Rashford]. He will come good. We’ve got absolutely no worries.”

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Southgate’s comments above were quite harsh but he did also say he retains great belief in Sancho and he wants to discuss his United situation with him.

Both his club and international managers clearly have faith in Sancho despite a slow start to the season.

His pre-season was interrupted and the transition to the Premier League hasn’t been as smooth as expected.

But it will come with time. Sancho was bought with the next decade in mind so United will be more than happy to show some patience over a period of months.

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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.