Former Manchester United winger, Lee Sharpe, has predicted that Jadon Sancho will be a ‘superstar’ at the club after a difficult start to life at Old Trafford.
The summer signing was a much-anticipated acquisition for the club that had been chasing him for two years prior. Unfortunately, the campaign has derailed for United and that has meant there has been little to be excited about for Red Devil supporters.
However, Sancho’s performances have been one of the few positives for the club that sit fifth in the Premier League table. His slow start to the season could’ve been put down to a number of reasons.
Sharpe is one man that knows a thing or two about being a Manchester United wide man. The left midfielder had a slightly different role to the wingers of today’s age, however, was still able to help Sir Alex Ferguson‘s side to three Premier League titles in his eight year stay at the club.
“I like Jadon Sancho,” Sharpe told Andy Mitten of The Athletic. “He struggled when he got to Old Trafford, but players do struggle after international tournaments.
“It’s not just the physical load, and Sancho wasn’t playing all the time (at Euro 2020) for England, it’s the mental side. Harry Maguire, Harry Kane, Luke Shaw… these players have struggled (this season). I think it’s because they didn’t have a proper break, they get mentally fatigued as well as physically. And reaching the final meant emotional disappointment.
“Sancho had a couple of little injuries at the start (of the season) and he got over them. There’s no question of his ability. He can go past people for fun; he’s got a clever footballing brain in that he makes the right decisions at the right time. He can see a pass, chooses the right pass, he plays at pace, he doesn’t just swing a cross in. I think he will be a superstar at United.”
Meanwhile, the 50-year-old believes that time on the side-lines could be beneficial for Marcus Rashford, another United winger.
“I like Rashford, but he’s struggled with injuries this season and he has that Euros hangover. Pace, power, great feet. There’s a huge confidence issue there, and usually, the way out of that is game time, but it can also help to sit on the sidelines and maybe see things from a different perspective.
“Plus when you don’t play, the fans think you’re better again — absence makes the heart go fonder. It’s almost impossible to come in and out of a team and be your best, though.”