Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has dismissed Gareth Southgate’s assessment of Jadon Sancho’s form for Manchester United, insisting the winger was “electric” against Villarreal as he continues to settle in at Old Trafford.
Sancho has yet to either score a goal or provide an assist since his big-money move from Borussia Dortmund, with his arrival somewhat overshadowed by the stunning return of Cristiano Ronaldo to the club.
The 21-year-old’s sedate start to life with United has not cost him his place in the England squad, though national boss Southgate admitted his form perhaps did not warrant selection for the upcoming fixtures against Andorra and Hungary.
“Does he deserve to be in on these performances over the last few weeks? Well, probably not,” Southgate said on Thursday, though he did make clear England believe the player can reach a “high level”.
Solskjaer, however, pointed to Sancho’s performance in the 2-1 Champions League win on Wednesday as an example of what he can produce, both for club and country.
“Was that interview done before Wednesday night?” Solskjaer said when Southgate’s comments were raised during a media conference ahead of United’s home game against Everton in the Premier League.
“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’.”
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