KEY POINTS

  • Jadon Sancho moved from Dortmund to Man Utd this summer
  • He has made nine appearances for the Red Devils so far
  • He is yet to score or make an assist for Man Utd

Jadon Sancho, who is yet to contribute to Manchester United's goals this season, has received support from teammate Luke Shaw, who believes Sancho's "time will come."

Shaw has insisted Sancho is not struggling at Manchester United and has backed the young English winger to go "right to the very top".

After being chased for more than a year, Sancho finally landed at Old Trafford in the summer of 2021. The Red Devils paid around $100 million to Borrusia Dortmund to secure the deal for Sancho, who was offered a five-year contract, with the option of an extra year.

As Sancho has failed to record a goal or assist for Manchester United in his first nine appearances for the club, he has been on the receiving end of criticism, with some asking if he has the mettle to succeed in the Premier League. 

"Sometimes, for people, it takes time. I wouldn't say struggle because I don't think he's struggling at the moment. He's working extremely hard behind closed doors. He's training really well and looking really sharp. He just hasn't had that bit of luck that sometimes you need for your first goal or first assist. But I've got no doubt in my mind, it's coming," Shaw, who is currently on England duty along with Sancho, told talkSport in an interview.

The 26-year-old has netted a goal and two assists for Manchester United in eight appearances this season.

"The talent he has is unbelievable, he can go right to the very top. It's just about him staying focused, keep doing what he's doing in training and working hard. His time will come," added Shaw. 

Jadon Sancho Jadon Sancho of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Southampton and Manchester United at St Mary's Stadium on August 22, 2021 in Southampton, England. Photo: Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images

Shaw has hailed Cristiano Ronaldo, who has had an instant impact on Manchester United since his $27 million arrival this summer. 

Ronaldo, who had a historic first spell at Manchester United between 2003 and 2009, has netted five goals in seven appearances for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side in the 2021-22 campaign. 

"He's definitely raised the levels. I think there's no question why he's been one of the best players in the world over the last 10 years. The way he conducts himself, the standards he sets, and his mentality is one of the best I've ever witnessed. It's only good for us as team-mates to be surrounded by someone like that, who will only raise the bar. We need to follow that. Everywhere he goes, he wins, and the standards he sets are so high. We need to equal those standards and push in the right direction with him as a team," added Shaw.