27/09/2021; 2:49 PM By : Steven D. Thompson
Football at times could be a funny game. It is rare to sign a player for a huge amount only to relegate him to the bench. The player has to get the opportunity to assert himself before going down the pecking order.
You have to be a big club with brass balls to play that hand. Manchester United are a big club, but what is happening at Old Trafford boggles the mind.
After two years of the pursuit of Jadon Sancho, the player finally arrived at Old Trafford for £77million. Since his arrival, the talented youngster has found the going really tough. The player’s predicament at Old Trafford is something he’s not used to and what he has to overcome or walk down the road of ignominy.
Manchester United have come under criticism by Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachin Watzke. The Dortmund chief is surprised at the treatment meted out to his former player and has blasted United for it.
Sancho has struggled since his arrival, unable to assert himself as a regular.
It took some arm-twisting before Watzke allowed Sancho to join United. Watzke is, however, less than impressed with the situation Sancho finds himself at Old Trafford. He has sent a subtle criticism on the manner the club has handled Sancho.
Speaking with Sport1, as quoted by The Express, Watzke said he is unhappy with the lack of opportunities afforded the player and believes that his status with the national team is also why he isn’t getting much of a look in at United.
According to the Dortmund chief, when you watch Sancho, he brings tears to the eyes. He declared that it hurts his soul what he is going through at the moment.
It is not much of a surprise to see Sancho struggling to break into theng XI at United. The same predicament that is befalling Sancho befell Donny van de Beek. The €39 million signing cannot tell what he ought to do to play more often for the side.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has, however, come to the defence of the way Sancho has performed this season. He claims that the clubs need to be patient with the talented youngster.
It seems that Sancho is failing to hit the heights he did while at Dortmund due to Ole’s tactics or lack of it. The Norwegian gaffer is, however, optimistic that the young lad would come good soon.
This season, Sancho has only managed two Premier League for United. Mason Greenwood and Paul Pogba are preferred ahead of him. The return of Marcus Rashford will also bring more competition for Sancho.
While at Dortmund, Sancho made 114 goal contributions with 50 goals and 64 assists. The Champions League tie against Villarreal on Wednesday affords him another opportunity to get game time.