It is fair to say that Manchester United supporters are loving Jadon Sancho’s performances right now and the fleet-footed forward admits he is delighted with his current form.
Sancho joined the club from Borussia Dortmund last summer and unfortunately missed our pre-season campaign due to his extended participation at the European Championship with England, which meant his start to life as a Red was a gradual process while he built his match sharpness.
It has taken some time for Jadon to adjust to life back in English football, but his recent displays have highlighted all the qualities that make him one of the most exciting young players in Europe.
The 21-year-old had started to find his groove in December and scored his first United goal in the Champions League win at Villarreal, lashing the ball into the top corner, but the arrival of Ralf Rangnick as our interim manager appears to have triggered his most consistent run so far.
Rangnick is a long-term admirer of Jadon’s and even tried to sign him as a teenager for his previous club RB Leipzig, before he made the move to their Bundesliga rivals Dortmund back in 2017. That connection with Ralf appears to be paying dividends though and, notably, Sancho has started our last six matches across all competitions, scoring two goals and notching two assists in the process.
Our England international is expected to start again on Saturday afternoon when United host his former youth-team club Watford at Old Trafford in the Premier League. Speaking ahead of that 15:00 GMT kick-off, the no.25 told us how much he is enjoying the game right now.
“I’ve been playing a lot of football recently,” said Jadon with a smile, seated at Carrington earlier this week. “I guess that’s because I’ve been working a lot harder and believing in myself a lot more and just trying to make things happen.
“I’m just happy that my team-mates are believing in me and giving me support, especially when I go one-v-one, and hearing the fans when they cheer me on and are telling me to get at my opponent… I’m delighted with my performances.”