Jadon Sancho got two assists on England duty on Saturday during a 5-0 win over Andorra.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may hope that performance will boost Sancho’s confidence ahead of his return to Manchester United.
The standard of the opposition has to be taken into account but getting a start and laying on two goals can’t hurt.
Sancho has made a slow start to his United career, although there have been signs of improvement in recent performances.
The Athletic have reported Solskjaer’s view on Sancho’s start at Old Trafford.
Solskjaer has been apparently been urging the England man ‘to be himself’ despite his early strugglings.
He wants Sancho to commit defenders and not be overly concerned by making mistakes so long as he is taking risks.
Sancho has not looked at his most confident in a red shirt so far.
There are many potential reasons for that; coming to a new league, a disrupted pre-season and United’s generally disjointed attacking play as a team among them.
Sancho’s sharpness and confidence is beginning to come and a run of tough fixtures ahead should provide plenty of opportunities to show what he can do.
Sancho is a signing for the next decade so a slow couple of months will not concern Solskjaer.
The manager did have to talk to Sancho about pulling out of a tackle which could have led to a goal against Everton, and it’s not likely he will make that mistake again.
Once he gets that first goal or assist in red, the chances are he will fly on from there.
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