Manchester United ace Jadon Sancho identifies three leaders in the squad amid his improved form at the club
Speaking on the club’s official website, Manchester United winger Jadon Sancho has credited three senior players in the dressing room at the club for his improved form of late, saying he has learned a lot from the trio.
Sancho moved to Old Trafford the previous summer from Borussia Dortmund amidst much fanfare, given how good he was in Germany. The English star did not have the same start to life in England however, as he struggled to make a quick impact.
Recently though, fans have seen glimpses of the same player who set the stage alight in Germany as he slowly returns to the form that we all expect from the forward. Sancho has now credited Cristiano Ronaldo, Paul Pogba, and Raphael Varane for helping him adapt and improve at the club.
“You’ve got Cristiano Ronaldo, Paul Pogba, Raphael Varane… all these guys have won major trophies and just being in the changing room with them gives you a blessed feeling.”
Ronaldo and Varane also moved to United in the same transfer window as Sancho, and the players have currently led the Manchester club to fourth place in the Premier League table. Hopefully, they are able to help the club to a strong finish by the end of the season.
Learning from the best
The Red Devils finally got their man earlier this season after repeated attempts in the past, but perhaps they were expecting too much from the player. Sancho struggled to get goals and assists on his tally, as the team relied on other forwards for their attacking output.
Sancho said that he was learning as much as he could from his experienced teammates and that he was trying to take their advice into his own game. It certainly seems to be working, as the England international is getting back to his best.
“I’m definitely learning from them, on and off the pitch, especially in terms of their recovery and how they make themselves better. I’m taking in all the information I can and trying to put it into my game.”
There was always going to be pressure on Sancho ever since he moved to United, given the expectations from fans about young players who have already made a name for themselves. Only 21, the Englishman was a revelation in Germany.
It is easy to forget that any player, no matter how talented or experienced, will struggle to adapt to the pace and nature of the game in England. Sancho may have learnt his trade in his native country, but he developed as a player in the Bundesliga.
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Despite all this, Sancho has shown his class by not backing away from the pressures and expectations on him but has grown to be the forward that many expected him to be. The past few games have seen a different Sancho, and we can hope that he keeps up this form of his until the end of the season.
Man United’s next game sees them take on Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, which was Sancho’s old home. All eyes will be on him to impress against his former side, and the ex-Dortmund man’s recent displays will once again raise expectations from the player on Sunday.