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Manchester United’s Jadon Sancho plan runs the risk of having a costly consequence – Manchester Evening News

When Manchester United finally completed the signing of Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund on July 23, a wave of excitement was sent through the Premier League, not least the surrounding streets of Old Trafford.

After years of chasing his signature, United, at last, have got him. He is finally theirs. Finally, the former Manchester City youngster, who made the brave decision to swap his homeland for Germany at the tender age of just 17 years old, has the chance to show the Premier League what all the fuss was about.

Or, at least, we all thought so.

So far, Sancho has barely had a look in, being offered opportunities in dribs and drabs. He has gone from being one of the first names on the teamsheet at the Signal Iduna Park to, certainly in recent weeks, being a benchwarmer for United.

To date, the winger has made just 13 appearances in all competitions, less than half of which have been starts. Considering United paid £72.9million to secure his signature, it is most certainly eyebrow-raising.

Now, it is fair to point out that Sancho is young, still learning as each day passes by and is in competition with no shortage of talented players for a place in United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s preferred starting line-up. However, when you remember that United were desperate for a new right-sided winger, and Sancho was at the very, very top of their list, you cannot help but feel sorry for him to some degree.

However, it is important to remember, that whilst we all, as football fans and critics, believe we are just as qualified to make calls on players as Solskjaer is, the truth is, we aren’t. Solskjaer sees Sancho day-in, day-out on the training pitch and has to do what is best for the benefit of United, not just Sancho, even though there is a clamour for his inclusion.

As Solskjaer, frequently, has said, his time will come, and it was interesting that Sancho was the player he turned to at half-time against Manchester City.

But, how long does he have to wait for a run in the team? His lack of opportunities in recent weeks has cost him a place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for their upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Albania and San Marino. Not the strongest nations in the world they may be, but Sancho would have been targeting these games as a continued opportunity to audition for a starting spot at next year’s World Cup in Qatar.

Of course, things in Sancho’s United career by this time next year could look a whole lot different to what they do now. He could be the first name on the teamsheet, scoring goals for fun and replicating the sort of form he displayed for Dortmund that earned him a big-money move to Old Trafford.

However, the longer his wait for regular opportunities goes on, the more twitchy about next year’s World Cup and missing out he is likely to become.

Sancho is blessed with talent and promise, highlighting why United felt they could warrant parting with almost £73million to sign him. They rate him highly, as does Solskjaer. Right now, however, it doesn’t seem that way.

Yes, Solskjaer has to do what’s best for the team and not individuals right now, but Sancho deserves a crack at the whip.

Failure to hand him a regular run in the side soon will only bolster somebody else’s chances of leapfrogging him in the pecking order for a place in Southgate’s preferred system.

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