Rio Ferdinand names 2 ‘great examples’ Sancho must follow to excel at United
Speaking to the Daily Mail about how Jadon Sancho can rise up from the slow start to his career at Man United, Rio Ferdinand said: “There’s no doubting Jadon’s ability, no doubting his desire. That’s all there. But sometimes when you go to a football club you need all the other bits of the jigsaw to fit in.
“And at the moment they aren’t fitting in to their perfect places. I think that will come, I think that will be a matter of time. Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic are the examples that he needs to lean on and be shown.
“There are loads of players that came into United and didn’t [perform straight away]. Patrice and Nemanja are two great examples from my generation.”
Ferdinand also spoke about the importance of Sancho learning from Cristiano Ronaldo, adding: “He can’t look at someone like Ronaldo being in your dressing room, being able to work alongside him [as a negative]
“He is, I reckon, the most decisive footballer we’ve ever seen. His natural habits around the training ground, copy his preparation. You have to be a sponge like that.
“For Jadon, Marcus [Rashford] and Mason [Greenwood], those three attacking players, they should be especially soaking this up. Even these first 11 goals [from Ronaldo] which they’ve seen, that would be enough [to teach them].”
Sancho has had a torrid start to the season for the Red Devils, being unable to score or assist a goal so far in 13 appearances. He’s seemingly lost his place in the starting XI and has been benched for the last few games.
It’s come to the point that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly looking to play him as a right wing-back, doing which will make it even more difficult for the Englishman to excel at Old Trafford this season.