From precious hope
On July 23, 2021, the handshake between Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Jadon Sancho at the Carrington training center, along with the signing of a 5-year contract, brought a lot of hope from MU fans.
Jadon Sancho was once considered a prodigy with outstanding talent at the Watford and Man City academies. He always shines brightly on the youth playground.
Joining Dortmund in 2017, it didn’t take long for Sancho to become an important part of the team in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany’s most populous state.
Sancho’s performances at Signal Iduna Park captivated the big boys of European football. MU of course is not outside, besides Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich or Chelsea.
MU has been interested in Sancho since 2019, when he was only 19 years old but had an impressive explosion: 12 goals and 14 assists in the Bundesliga in his second season with Dortmund.
MU’s efforts came true in July 2021, not long after the EURO 2020 final (kicked a year late because of Covid-19).
With 50 goals and 57 assists, MU believes Jadon Sancho has graduated to enter the ranks of Europe’s top players.
MU, at that time led by Solskjaer and had just finished runner-up in the Premier League – the best achievement after Alex Ferguson, on par with the 2017-18 season with Jose Mourinho at the helm – believed in finding the ideal piece. best to aim for victory.
MU fans were excited when the club sent out the launch message: “This is Jadon’s home. This is where he belongs.” People believe that Sancho has the ability to take the “Red Devils” to a new level.
Get lost at the Theater of Dreams
Not long after buying Sancho, MU also brought Cristiano Ronaldo back. This increases the number of attackers who are already very cramped (also Greenwood, Martial, Lingard, Juan Mata, Rashford, Cavani, Elanga).
Solskjaer himself doesn’t know how to rank Jadon. In the first 6 matches with the most successful club in English football, the player born in 2000 only had 2 starting matches and did not complete 90 minutes.
The boom in Dortmund was replaced by the faintest matches in the red shirt of the Manchester team. Sancho’s sense of the ball, psychologically and physically are all problematic.
It seems that this is partly due to a missed shot in the fourth series of the EURO 2020 final, causing England to lose to Italy on penalties.
Sancho did not seize the opportunity every time he played. As a result, from Solskjaer to Ralf Rangnick and Erik ten Hag all see him as a luxury substitute.
Last season, there was a time when Sancho was absent for a long time without a reason. Ten Hag later explained the 23-year-old winger was given the break to “deal with physical and mental problems”. He went to the Netherlands to work privately with a team of good experts.
No improvement as expected. Youngster Garnacho emerged and continued to make Sancho hit the bench ball. In the match against Arsenal, he was even left off the registration list. Instead, Ten Hag chose Pellistri for the backup solution.
Not being able to go to Emirates Stadium made Sancho dissatisfied and wrote a long letter criticizing Ten Hag. He said he was turned into a “scapegoat”.
There are no scapegoats. There is only one truth: Sancho does not meet the standards demanded by the coach: 12 goals and 6 assists are too few.
Even Gareth Southgate has not used Sancho in England matches since October 2021 (5-0 win over Andorra in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers). In 15 international matches, he also only had 1 goal for “Three Lions”.
Before blaming others, Sancho should blame himself!
Ngoc Huy | 11:25 07/09/2023