Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has backed Jadon Sancho to find his feet at Old Trafford following an underwhelming start to his Manchester United adventure.
Sancho’s lucrative £73million switch from Borussia Dortmund in the summer made the Manchester United faithful dream big after the Englishman’s blistering showings at Signal Iduna Park.
During his prolific career at Dortmund, the quicksilver forward netted 50 goals and laid on 64 assists in 137 competitive appearances en route to earning a reputation as one of Europe’s hottest young prospects.
Sancho’s top-class performances in the Bundesliga drew Man United’s attention two years ago, but the Red Devils managed to complete the deal only at the second time of asking.
However, the 21-year-old has struggled to live up to his price tag and potential during his early days at Old Trafford, failing to make a single goal contribution across his eight competitive outings so far.
Despite his uneventful displays for United, the ex-Manchester City academy starlet has made England’s squad for October’s international window.
But the Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate has recently admitted Sancho was lucky to make the cut, hinting at the forward’s lack of form.
Solskjaer has now encouraged his underperforming star to follow the example of Cristiano Ronaldo, hailing his performance against Villarreal last time out.
“Jadon was exceptional on Wednesday against Villarreal,” said Solskjaer, as cited by the Daily Mirror.
“He was electric and the crowd loved him. I think he felt that connection with the crowd.
“That’s what we want from him – to be direct, positive, go past players numerous times.
“Yeah, he’s not scored yet, but that night I thought ‘yeah, that’s Jadon and we’re going to see loads of that.’
“Gareth also said it’s important Jadon knows they [England] believe in him. They’ve invested time in him.
“He will be a top player and performances are going to come. We’ve got players here he can learn from and help him adapt.
“You’ve got Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani to learn from, in terms of their professionalism and how they conduct themselves.
“He also has his team mates – Marcus [Rashford], Jesse [Lingard] and Luke [Shaw] from the national team, so he’ll come good, we’ve got absolutely no worries.”