Shaw: Sancho is sharp and ready to shine

Saturday 16 October 2021 07:00

Jadon Sancho is looking sharp and is ready to show what he’s capable of at Manchester United, says club and country teammate Luke Shaw.

The England winger made two assists for the Three Lions in the recent thrashing of Andorra in World Cup qualification.

Sancho joined United from Borussia Dortmund in the summer, making his debut as a substitute in the 5-1 win against Leeds United. He’s excited and entertaining, sending in as many dangerous crosses as he has defenders back-peddling, but is yet to score or assist.

Most watchers of United would agree that Sancho is playing well, even if he’s not finding that final contribution yet. Shaw believes his time with England will boost his confidence going into the upcoming games.

“The most important thing for him that he gained out of that game [against Andorra] was probably confidence,” Shaw told us before the meeting with Leicester.

“I think it’s not been easy for him at the start here. It normally never is, but in games like that against opposition like that it’s sort of a good game to be involved in, of course to get minutes, but [also] to build your confidence back up.

“I can definitely see that in Jadon. I’ve been with him at England camp and he looked happy, he looked positive after that game.

“He’s kept that attitude when he’s come back here and he’s looking happy and ready to go again. He’s looking sharp and he’s always looked sharp. I can see in his eyes he’s ready.”

Sancho has been one of United's liveliest players this season.

Shaw’s comments on his teammate are exciting. United have a big run of games coming up, with opposition including Leicester City, Atalanta, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City.

If Sancho can kick on over the next few weeks, the club’s chance of managing a string of successful results before the next international break will increase greatly.

The 21-year-old has created more chances per 90 minutes than any other United player this season. Things might not be coming off every time, but the potential for a run of goals or assists is blatantly there.

As fans, the only thing to do is enjoy watching a winger with flair attack down the Old Trafford flank and wait for that moment, that first goal, which will be fantastic.