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Jadon Sancho's transfer scrutinized by Manchester United teammates

18/10/2021; 1:56 PM By : Steven D. Thompson

Sancho has not quite hit the heights despite the heavy investment in him.

Manchester United have gone trophyless for five seasons. Their last silverware came in 2017, and despite Jose Mourinho's sack, the club has shown no signs of improvement, despite the heavy outlay on the team.

In Jose's tenure, he received a stick for every failure, but despite the failings of the new regime, it has been hard to put the problem at the feet of the current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. To make his job easier and help the team win silverware this season, the club invested in Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho.

Ole tried hard to get Sancho, but his arrival has not brought success to the team. They have plodded from one poor performance to another.

With Sancho failing to click, recent reports suggest that Manchester United players are beginning to question his arrival.

Some players believe that the club made a mistake in bringing him to Old Trafford this summer.

Sancho under the microscope

£73 million signing Jadon Sancho is turning out to be a point of disharmony amongst the players at Old Trafford. Some of the players are beginning to question if he is worth it. After over a year of pursuit by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, his arrival has been underwhelming.

The Times and Daily Record's Duncan Castles claims that the worries are growing as the player has yet to adapt to the Premier League. Sancho has failed to bring to the table a fraction of what he delivered at Borussia Dortmund.

Speaking on the Transfer Window Podcast, Castles said Manchester United players are concerned about the player's form. Some believe he has not been effective so far. Another source of bother is Sancho's contributions and attitude in training, which has left the players and coaches unimpressed.

Unfamiliar environment

Sancho's dip in form is sudden as it is sharp. At Borussia Dortmund, he plundered 50 goals and 67 assists but has not come close to creating an assist or scoring at Old Trafford. Perhaps the weight of his £73 million is heavy on his shoulders.

Whatever the instructions passed to him or tactics Solskjaer has the team working on - it is a far cry from Dortmund, where Sancho played. At Dortmund, there is a shape and a plan, but United under Ole look rudderless.

It is cruel to single out Sancho for poor performance when the whole team has been abysmal. Even supporters of Ole cannot tell what the game plan at Old Trafford is, and blame should lay squarely with Solskjaer if he fails to get the best out of Sancho.

Over the weekend, United fell to Leicester City 4-2 in another lacklustre performance that puts Ole more under the microscope than Jadon Sancho.

Wednesday night provides another opportunity for redemption as United take on Atalanta in the Champions League.

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