Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has informed Jadon Sancho that he is dissatisfied with his performance and has called for more commitment from the winger.
The attacker moved from Dortmund to United in 2021 in a £72 million transfer. Sancho has only eight goals to his name in 52 games as he has struggled to repeat the form that saw United seek him for such a lengthy time.
Sancho started in 10 of United’s first 11 Premier League games, but an injury prevented him from playing in any of the following three.
While Anthony Martial’s comeback from injury moved Rashford to the left of the attack, where Sancho has typically played.
Sancho’s significance in United’s attack has also been diminished by the development of Argentine teenager Alejandro Garnacho, while Ten Hag has also played Anthony Elanga.
Ronaldo’s exit means that United’s attack-related resources will be more limited than ever.
After being left out of England’s World Cup squad, Sancho is resting throughout the tournament in an attempt to revive his career.
Since moving to United in the summer of 2021 in a £72 million transfer from Borussia Dortmund, things have not gone according to plan for the talented winger.
Sancho scored 50 goals in just over three seasons for the Bundesliga team, but has only managed eight goals in 52 games for the Red Devils.
“He’s going well, but I think there’s much more opportunity for progress for him since he has so many qualities.” Ten Hag remarked of Sancho back in September.
“We’ll do a really fantastic job of filling the time. We can be more precise. The season may benefit from that in the future. After this interval, we are aware that a game will be played every three days.
Sancho will have gone two months without playing in a competitive match by the time domestic football resumes in late December.
He will be aiming for a consistent spot in United’s starting lineup and a significant role in the second half of the season for Ten Hag.
Although Sancho’s talent is undeniable, questions have been raised about his approach and concentration.
If United does not sign a forward in January, Rashford will most likely be deployed in a central role, making Alejandro Garnacho Sancho’s most likely competitor.