Roy Keane thinks Jadon Sancho needs to be given time to show what he can do at Man Utd after his slow start to life at Old Trafford.
The 21-year-old left Borussia Dortmund in the summer transfer window for the Red Devils in a deal worth £73m.
However, his move was eventually overshadowed by Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Man Utd with the Portugal international taking up a pivotal role in the team.
Sancho has so far failed to contribute a goal or an assist in nine appearances in all competitions after contributing 37 goals and 41 assists in over the last three seasons in the Bundesliga.
The Man Utd winger showed what he can do with two assists during England’s comfortable 5-0 victory over Andorra on Saturday night, playing 72 minutes.
And former United midfielder Keane thinks playing for Man Utd is a “different animal” than Dortmund and insists Sancho just needs “a chance”.
Keane said on ITV: “It’s certainly been a slow start for him, but it’s one thing doing alright for Dortmund it’s a different animal going to Man United with different expectations.
“He’s been a bit overshadowed recently with Ronaldo coming in but I’d always give the kid a chance. He’s only been there for a few months, give the kid a chance.”
— Jadon Sancho (@Sanchooo10) October 9, 2021
Fellow pundit Jermain Defoe added: “There’s been a lot of talk about Sancho, he’s only 21 and he’s come to a different league.
“There’s a lot of expectation, a big fee, he’s joined arguably one of the biggest clubs in the world, so it’s going to take time.”
England manager Gareth Southgate suggested recently that Sancho’s recent form was not worthy of the international call he received and said he would need help settling in the Premier League.
But Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was left to ask if Southgate had been watching the night before, when Sancho played 75 minutes of United’s 2-1 Champions League win over Villarreal on September 29.
“Was that interview done before Wednesday night?” Solskjaer said when Southgate’s comments were put to him ten days ago.
“Jadon was exceptional, he was electric. The crowd loved him and I think he felt that connection. He was direct, positive, he went past the full-back numerous times. Yes, he’s not scored yet but I thought ‘that’s Jadon and we’re going to see lots of that’.
“Gareth has also said it’s important that Jadon knows (England) believe in him and are invested in him.”