09/26/2021 at 12:37 PM CEST
Solskjaer fell from the sky Cristiano Ronaldo when he was satisfied with what he had. How not to do it. The extraordinary roster of Bruno Fernandes, Cavani, Martial, Rashford, Greenwood and company was also joined by a certain Jadon Sancho, who grew up by leaps and bounds in Dortmund and became one of the greatest and most expensive talents in world football. More than 85 ‘kilos’ Manchester United paid this summer.
The signing of the Englishman, predicted by the English press, was the coup that the ‘red devil’ club was looking for to, finally, aspire to everything after years of crossing the desert. His arrival not only allowed him to occupy with one of the best the least covered position in the team, that of the right-handed winger, but also served to send a message to the rival in the city: United managed to sign the biggest pearl that had come out of the ‘citizen’ academy in recent years. Not counting Foden, of course.
With all the introductions, expectations and musings on the table, you just had to make the ball and Sancho understand each other at Old Trafford as well as the English had done at Signal Iduna Park. But what aimed to be a fast and passionate romance between the fans ‘red devil’ and the new star, for now, it seems that it will go for a long time.
“I understand that Sancho is still learning, he is still young. But this is not the FIFA game, it is not about dribbling and trying to beat two, three or four players. This is not about making small gestures …”, Paul Ince, a former Manchester United player, said. The Englishman has not yet managed to adapt to the physical and mental level demanded by the Premier League. At the moment, he is playing something else. He looks dull, dull, without imbalance, as if he had to do everything in the same afternoon.
His numbers, in terms of goals and assists, confirm that he is not going through his best moment: neither goals nor assists in the seven ‘times’ he has played so far this season. Greenwood has passed him by in the right-handed sector and, on the left, not even the absence of Rashford due to injury has given him the prominence that he craves so much. Solskjaer has even opted for a fourth midfielder in the vast majority of matches to free Bruno Fernandes even more.
Between the Portuguese midfielder and Cristiano Ronaldo they are taking all the covers while Sancho anxiously awaits to take his rightful place in a star-studded squad. “We signed him because we see him as a top striker for 10, 12 or 15 years, and I have not changed my mind about it,” said Solskjaer. The English will depend on being essential or another talent absorbed by this giant called soccer. For quality it will not be. We will see if the harsh Premier lets him become what he has been aiming for for months.