Manchester United winger Jadon Sancho was hauled off during yet another tough afternoon in United red as his side crumbled to a 4-2 defeat at the hands of Leicester City. His poor start to life at Old Trafford has come as a surprise to many, but perhaps not to Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola who may have seen his struggles coming.
Before their second-half capitulation, there were a few positives for boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to take, namely Mason Greenwood’s early screamer.
Marcus Rashford also got on the scoresheet after making his return from injury, although the positives pretty much end there.
Sloppy United mistakes gave the Foxes opportunities, and two late goals from Jamie Vardy and Patson Daka sealed a memorable 4-2 victory.
In what has become something of a theme, Sancho was substituted without notching a goal or assist, taken his barren run to 10 games since making the switch from Borussia Dortmund.
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“Congratulations, he’s an exceptional player. He is a national team player with huge quality, doing really well in Dortmund.
“We wanted him to stay but he decided to leave, and when people decide to leave all we can do is [let them] leave. I wish him all the best, except when he plays against us.”
Indeed, it was a controversial decision for the Blues to let him go after his stellar youth career had convinced many that he would go right to the top.
In his defence, he essentially did do that at Dortmund by putting up some hugely impressive numbers, but things have fallen off a cliff since moving to Old Trafford.
At such a young age, he will have plenty of time to turn it around, but prospects of doing so in the near future do not look so good given United’s daunting run of fixtures.
Tough outings against Liverpool and City themselves lie on the horizon, where Sancho will undoubtedly attempt to make Guardiola eat his words.
He will not be the only one under pressure, however, as questions will now be asked of Solskjaer’s credentials to lead the team.
Results have been poor in recent weeks, and even when they have managed to grab the three points, it has rarely been in convincing fashion.
After a tough afternoon in the Midlands, there is lots to take in for everyone at United.