Manchester United’s big-money summer signing finally landed his first Premier League goal at Old Trafford, and despite United’s latest failure, the England star is showing signs of coming good at Old Trafford
Jadon Sancho’s first Premier League goal at Old Trafford had been a long time coming, but he finally ticked it off the list against Southampton.
The former Borussia Dortmund man didn’t enjoy the fastest of starts at Old Trafford, waiting until November to score his first goal of any kind after his big-money summer move.
Sancho impressed in front of goal in his three full Bundesliga seasons, earning him England recognition and prompting United to spend £73m to bring in a man with 50 goals in all competitions in Dortmund colours and countless assists on top of that tally.
And, after the 21-year-old rounded off an impressive Man Utd counter to put Ralf Rangnick’s side ahead at Old Trafford, Gary Lineker was among those to sing the youngster’s praises.
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“Good to see @Sanchooo10 finally finding his feet that were so mesmerising at @BlackYellow,” Lineker tweeted.
Sancho had scored just once in the Premier League before opening his Old Trafford account in the competition, putting United ahead away to Chelsea in a game which finished all square.
He was also on target in a Champions League group stage victory over Villarreal, and was the goalscorer for Rangnick’s side as others squandered chances in the FA Cup exit at the hands of Middlesbrough.
United didn’t keep their lead for long after Sancho’s goal, with Che Adams bringing Southampton level early in the second half as the two sides exchanged chances.
Sancho’s goalscoring contribution, tucking home a low ball across the face of goal from Marcus Rashford, came after Rangnick’s recent comments about his apparent struggles to adapt.
“It’s a different league, a different competition, a more physical league,” the interim boss said.
“Now he’s 21, playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world. I think it’s also got to do with a lot of the things up here, in his head.
“But in training, whenever I see him train, he’s showing up and one of the best players in the training sessions.”
Sancho’s camp were believed to be unhappy with the implications made by Rangnick, but the boss called on the former Manchester City youngster to step up and show his quality.
“Now it’s about the transfer to when he’s playing, showing the same kind of level and performance on the pitch,” Rangnick said.
“Everyone expected from him that he would be one of the best players in the team. This is psychologically and emotionally, a more challenging situation than the one at Borussia Dortmund.
“But 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.”