Man Utd boss Ralf Rangnick explains why Jadon Sancho is struggling

Jadon Sancho has scored two goals in 23 appearances for Manchester United

Jadon Sancho has scored two goals in 23 appearances for Manchester United (Pictures: Getty)

Ralf Rangnick has explained why he believes Manchester United summer signing Jadon Sancho is struggling at Old Trafford.

Much was expected of Sancho following his £73m move from Borussia Dortmund in July but the England international has underwhelmed for the Red Devils, scoring just twice in 23 appearances.

Despite establishing himself as one of Dortmund’s most important players, Sancho is still struggling to cement a place in United’s team, starting half of their Premier League and Champions League fixtures this season.

Interim boss Rangnick believes Sancho is struggling to adapt to the demands of the Premier League and has also lost confidence as he battles to live up to the hype and his steep price-tag.

‘It’s a different league, different competition, more physical. He’s playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world,’ said Rangnick, who replaced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the Old Trafford hot-seat in November.

‘It’s also got to do with a lot of the things up here in his head. Whenever I see him train he’s showing up and is one of the best players in the training sessions.

‘Now it’s about the transfer to when he’s playing, showing the same kind of level and performance on the pitch.

Sancho completed a £73m move to Old Trafford last summer

Sancho completed a £73m move to Old Trafford last summer (Picture: Getty)

‘With those kind of players, with creative offensive players, it’s all about confidence, being aware of how good they can be then showing it in front of 75,000 or 45,000 at Villa Park.

‘Of course in the end he has to do that, he has to take that step again.

‘In most training sessions, he is training at a very high level and now it’s about letting that transfer on to the pitch in the league competitions, the Premier League, the FA Cup and the Champions League, but he can do that.

‘He has the ability to do that, there is no doubt about that. But now we have to develop him into that kind of player and see the same kind of performances that he has shown at Borussia Dortmund.’

Sancho left Manchester City to join Dortmund as a 17-year-old and the winger hit the ground running in Germany, ending his spell in the Bundesliga with 50 goals and 58 assists from 108 matches.

Sancho thrived at Borussia Dortmund after leaving Manchester City in 2017 (Picture: Getty)

But the level of expectation on Sancho has certainly increased and Rangnick says this is something he has to deal with at Manchester United.

‘It’s different if you come as an 18-year-old, unknown talented English boy to Borussia Dortmund,’ the German boss added. ‘From then on you can only improve, you can only make a success out of that.

‘The level of expectation was a lot lower compared to a situation where you come to a club like Manchester United for a high transfer fee, with a high level of expectation.

‘Everyone expected from him that he would be one of the best players in the team. This is psychologically, emotionally a more challenging situation than the one at Borussia Dortmund.

‘These are exactly the kind of steps that he has to make to become a top player for the next 10 years at this club.

‘We can give guidelines, we can give him a helping hand and show him we are trying to accompany him on this way and give him all the necessary assistance that he needs but in the end it’s up to him to take the next steps.’

Manchester United suffered another disappointing result at the weekend – drawing 2-2 with Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa – and will look to get back to winning ways on Wednesday night against Brentford.

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