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Pundit has Jadon Sancho’s penalty miss theory on his Manchester United struggles

Gary Lineker says that Jadon Sancho's heartache in 2020 might be a reason for his poor form at Manchester United
Gary Lineker says that Jadon Sancho's heartache in 2020 might be a reason for his poor form at Manchester United

Gary Lineker says that Jadon Sancho’s heartache in 2020 might be a reason for his poor form at Manchester United

According to Manchester Evening News, football pundit and former player Gary Lineker says that Jadon Sancho‘s heartache might be one of the reasons behind his bleak form at Manchester United.

The England winger completed a lucrative transfer to Old Trafford in June 2021 and played a limited role in England’s journey to the delayed Euro 2020 final.

Speaking to a podcast on Spotify, Linekar said: (The Rest is Football)

“I tell you what else speaks volumes for him [Saka]. There are not many young players, what was he when he played in the Euros final and missed that penalty? He was about 18-years-old, and not many players would have been able to handle that in the way he has done. He has come forward and he takes really important penalties at big moments, and he always comes across as this really sweet lad, but you can see how competitive he is.”

Lineker explored the topic of Sancho’s performance in more detail and drew a comparison between his reaction to penalty shootout disappointment and Bukayo Saka’s experience at Arsenal. He also says that’s how Saka has been consistently good after the Euros Final heartbreak. Meanwhile, Sancho was unable to live up to the expectations. Now, that he is back to his old club, he is finally gaining some confidence by either scoring or assisting.

Jadon Sancho looks to finally get his old-form back at Borussia Dortmund. (Photo by Leon Kuegeler/Getty Images)
Jadon Sancho looks to finally get his old-form back at Borussia Dortmund. (Photo by Leon Kuegeler/Getty Images)

Dortmund’s title hopes are very less since Xavi Alonso’s Bayern Leverkusen are cruising away with it but Sancho’s strong determination can surely help him gain trust in the United manager and most importantly in Gareth Southgate’s eyes. The Euros are nearing and a missed opportunity can be one of the biggest regrets of Sancho’s career. We hope that doesn’t happen.

Sancho, on the other hand, has seamlessly settled back into life in Germany, delivering impressive performances for his Bundesliga team.

Sancho, whose performance was inconsistent for our side, has consistently failed to find his rhythm during his 82 appearances at United as he scored 12 goals only. In addition, he could not keep a starting place under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer or Ralf Rangnick or Erik ten Hag who took over from the former two.

Jadon Sancho's loan move to Dortmund can be a great tactical approach if he finally gets his form back.
Jadon Sancho’s loan move to Dortmund can be a great tactical approach if he finally gets his form back.

In September, the winger had a public disagreement with the Dutch coach after being excluded from the match against Arsenal. As a result, he was removed from the first team and later secured a loan transfer back to Borussia Dortmund in January.

Sancho has provided two assists for Dortmund in four appearances since returning to Germany. It remains uncertain whether he will make a permanent move or return to United, as important discussions are anticipated to occur in the summer.

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Sancho’s future remains uncertain as he appears to be enjoying his time in Germany. We believe that with time he can find his old form back and contribute on a much higher scale in our favour.

Written by Aditya Bose

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