KEY POINTS

  • Former England defender Danny Mills discussed Jadon Sancho’s situation at Manchester United
  • Mills explained the possible difficulties shared by Sancho and Donny van de Beek
  • Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer assured fans that the former Borussia Dortmund player’s time will come

A pundit thinks the trajectory of Jadon Sancho’s run with Manchester United so far resembles that of one of the club’s past flop signings.

Sancho has already played a total of seven games for Manchester United since completing his sensational transfer move from Borussia Dortmund in July. However, to this day, the England winger has yet to make a significant impact on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

Sharing his thoughts on his compatriot, former Manchester City and England defender Danny Mills explained that Sancho’s “situation” is beginning to look “a little bit like” Donny van de Beek’s, the former Ajax star who joined Manchester United last year but is still struggling to make his mark on the team.

"[Jadon] Sancho needs games, an opportunity to play with no pressure," Mills told Football Insider. "It’s a little bit like the Donny van de Beek situation. Every time he plays and doesn’t have a magnificent game then he’s dropped. That’s a lot of pressure.”

"You start to try and force things and do things you probably shouldn’t do because you’re trying to impress and stay in the first team,” he stressed. “You try too hard and make the wrong passes and make wrong decisions and bad decisions.”

Dortmund's Norwegian forward Erling Braut Haaland (L) and Dortmund's English midfielder Jadon Sancho Dortmund's Norwegian forward Erling Braut Haaland (L) and Dortmund's English midfielder Jadon Sancho pose with the trophy after winning the German Cup (DFB Pokal) final football match RB Leipzig v BVB Borussia Dortmund, in Berlin on May 13, 2021. Photo: MARTIN ROSE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Mills also acknowledged Sancho’s dilemma of not being able to prove himself on the pitch given the limited playing time.

"[Sancho] needs confidence from [Solskjaer] that he’s going to play three or four games and get a run in the team,” the pundit suggested. “Then he’ll probably settle down and play well.”

"It’s hard when you know you’ve only got half an hour to impress and you know you’ve got to be great from the first whistle,” he continued. “You try and beat four people, you want to score a hat-trick. It’s quite hard to do that."

Needless to say, Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival caused Sancho’s time to shine at Manchester United to be set aside. However, Solskjaer assured that despite Ronaldo taking over at the moment, the club is well aware of Sancho’s qualities and the winger is included in the team’s plans.

"Both with Raphael Varane and Cristiano [Ronaldo] coming in, that takes a little bit of pressure off a young man," Solskjaer said of Sancho’s situation. “[But Sancho’s] 21, he's learning the game, he's learning how we train, he's learning how we play, he's learning the Premier League, but he's come in hungry to learn.”

"We knew his talent, and we signed him with the thought that we are going to have a top forward here for the next 10 or 12 years,” he added. “Jadon's finding his feet, it's unfortunate that he fell ill just when he was going to come in, so he was out, and he lost a bit of pre-season. But he is working hard and he will be good."

Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 134 Champions League goals in 176 games Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 134 Champions League goals in 176 games Photo: AFP / Oli SCARFF