Man Utd slammed for Dortmund chief’s treatment of Jadon Sancho – “It hurts my soul” | Football | sport


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Borussia Dortmund general manager Hans-Joachin Watzke has criticized Manchester United for the treatment of Jadon Sancho in his first two months at Old Trafford. Sancho joined the Red Devils for £ 77million in July but has struggled to assert himself as a regular member of the squad so far.

The 21-year-old has only started two Premier League games for United this season and was left as an unused substitute for Saturday’s loss to Aston Villa.

Sancho established himself as one of Europe’s top talents during his time in Dortmund, scoring 50 goals and collecting 64 assists during his four years at the Westfalenstadion.

However, he has yet to be able to wear his formidable form in the Premier League.

The likes of Mason Greenwood and Paul Pogba have been preferred on the wings by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in recent weeks, while Marcus Rashford will provide additional competition for places upon his imminent return from a shoulder injury.

Watzke, who reluctantly allowed Sancho to join United earlier this year, has aimed at a thinly veiled search by the Red Devils on their handling of the forward.

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Dortmund chief said Sport1 that he is not satisfied with Sancho’s lack of opportunities, suggesting that his status as a substitute player for England could prevent him from starting on a weekly basis.

“I love Jadon, when you see him play you have tears in your eyes,” Watzke said.

“It pains me that he is given so little consideration. I think his problem is that he is not part of the England national team.”

United admired Sancho for several years before his arrival at Old Trafford, with club bosses trying unsuccessfully to secure his services last summer.

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The Red Devils also tried to recruit him during his tenure at Manchester City academy.

Solskjaer said earlier this month that Sancho may soon start to shine for United, with the club’s other recent signings able to ease the pressure on his young shoulders.

“I think you are right, with the arrival of Raphael Varane and Cristiano it takes some pressure off a young man,” said the Norwegian boss.

“He’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 eager to learn.

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“We knew his talent and we signed him with the idea that we will have a top forward here for the next 10 or 12 years.

“Jadon is finding his feet, it’s a shame he fell ill just as he was about to come in, so he was out, and he lost a bit of preseason.

“But he works hard and he will be good.”

Sancho could be set to return to United’s starting squad midweek when Villarreal travels to Old Trafford for their Champions League group stage clash on Wednesday night.


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