What Solskjaer has said to Sancho about his slow United start

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.

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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.

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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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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.