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Ferdinand pinpoints potential reason for Sancho’s Manchester United struggles

It is fair to say that Jadon Sancho did not live up to expectations in his first season at Manchester United.


Sancho joined Manchester United last summer. The winger is reported to have set The Red Devils back £73m.

At the time, Sancho’s signing seemed like a major coup. Man United were crying out for a natural right-winger and, owing to Sancho’s impressive stint in Germany with Borussia Dortmund, it seemed as though he was the man they needed to address the issue.

Sancho scored 16 and assisted 20 in just 38 outings for Dortmund during the 2020/21 season, after netting 20 and assisting 20 in 44 games the campaign prior.

So, considering his price-tag and previously impressive form, expectations were understandably high when the 22-year-old signed for Man United.

However, Sancho went on to provide just five goals and three assists across 37 outings during his debut season with United.

In 2022/23, meanwhile, Sancho has scored three in 10, which is a small improvement but still nowhere near his Dortmund level.

Now, speaking on his YouTube channel, as quoted by the Daily Mail, Rio Ferdinand spoke about Sancho’s struggles. He suggested that the pace in the Premier League could be one of his biggest issues.

Ferdinand said: “That’s [inability to replicate Dortmund form] the concern thing for me.

“If I’m Jadon Sancho, or in Jadon Sancho’s camp, I am looking at ways in which I can unpick his game, his mind, to unearth the Sancho that made him a coveted talent across Europe.

“Is he getting asked to do more defensively so then he hasn’t got the energy when they’ve got [the ball] in transition?”

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Josh Barker

Josh Barker

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