British star Jadon Sancho has been playing like a beast in Manchester United's preseason and coach Ten Hag regards Sancho as an indispensable pillar of his offense
Under new coach Erik Ten Hag, midfielder Jadon Sancho is in excellent form. The 22-year-old star put in an impressive performance in a series of pre-season friendlies. Sancho appeared in four official friendlies this summer, scoring three times (against Liverpool, Crystal Palace and Aston Villa).
It’s Sancho’s excellent form that has MU fans excited about the £85 million signing. Last season, MU’s “blockbuster” struggled to fit in with the team. However, this is the time when “Red Devils” fans are waiting for Sancho to return.
Previously, Sancho was considered a “second season rookie,” as the English star always took a first season to integrate with a new team. It took Sancho his second season in Dortmund to break into the first team, and this appears to be repeating itself in the red half of Manchester.
Sancho has had a disappointing first season at Manchester United. However, it is necessary to sympathize with the British star because the MU coaching bench experienced many changes during the previous season. The upcoming season will thus be crucial for Sancho; it will also determine whether MU’s purchase of Sancho was a success or failure.
Sancho’s performance for Dortmund in the 2021/22 season was markedly lower than the previous year. When comparing Sancho from the 2021/22 season to the 2019/20 season (20 goals and 20 assists), the difference is disappointing. The important attacking statistics clearly show Sancho’s decline compared to himself in the 2020/21 season. Sancho is Dortmund’s center of possession (50.2 passes per match) in Germany. Sancho’s role is no longer important at MU (he passes 32.2 balls per game) and has much less influence.
Sancho was a key player in the plan to renew the attack during Ten Hag’s reign. Sancho is expected to return to the role of right striker next season, joining Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial to form Manchester United’s attacking trio.
Sancho’s efforts are evident when the star born in 2000 hopes to compete in the World Cup finals later this year. Coach Gareth Southgate promised to consider calling back Sancho, which motivated this star to continue to shine in the MU jersey.
Sancho is Manchester United’s best preseason player. Under Erik ten Hag’s new tactics, the English star looks sharper than ever when playing on the preferred right wing. He is very technical, creative, and can do a variety of things in public.
The 22-year-old has reminded fans why Manchester United had to pay Borussia Dortmund £73 million for him. After a disappointing first season in which he struggled to adjust to a new league, Sancho looks to make a significant impact this season. The former Manchester City player is without a doubt one of the most watched players in the Premier League.