Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has called for calm over Jadon Sancho’s anti-climactic start to life at Old Trafford – and is confident he will learn from the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani to improve as a player. The England winger has yet to score or create an assist since his big-money move from Dortmund in the summer.
And this poor form is in stark contrast to his time in Germany, where Sancho scored 50 goals and racked up 64 assists during his time at Dortmund.
Speaking ahead of his side’s game against Everton this weekend, Solskjaer insisted he still had full faith in the 21-year-old winger.
And he praised Sancho’s impact during the dramatic 2-1 victory against Villarreal in the Champions League on Wednesday.
“Jadon was exceptional on Wednesday against Villarreal,” Solskjaer said.
“He was electric and the crowd loved him. I think he felt that connection with the crowd.
“That’s what we want from him – to be direct, positive, go past players numerous times.
“Yeah, he’s not scored yet, but that night I thought ‘yeah, that’s Jadon and we’re going to see loads of that’.
“Gareth (Southgate) also said it’s important Jadon knows they [England] believe in him. They’ve invested time in him.
“He will be a top player and performances are going to come. We’ve got players here he can learn from and help him adapt.
“You’ve got Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani to learn from, in terms of their professionalism and how they conduct themselves.
“He also has his team mates – Marcus [Rashford], Jesse [Lingard] and Luke [Shaw] from the national team, so he’ll come good, we’ve got absolutely no worries.”
Meanwhile, Solskjaer has been left far from impressed with the fixture schedule, with United facing Everton less than 72 hours on from their European exploits.
“We’ve had no explanation, but it’s TV, of course,” he added. “There’s no common sense at all.
“We had the same scenario last season when we were in Turkey and came back and played at Everton on Saturday lunchtime.
“Us and Chelsea both played on Wednesday and could have easily played on Sunday ,while City and Liverpool could have been on Saturday. Common sense might not be so common.”