In pictures: Man Utd v Villarreal
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Manchester United star Jadon Sancho is not exactly enjoying the fairytale start under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that many people thought he might. Seven games have passed since he made his debut without a goal or assist, which will be hugely disappointing for a youngster who consistently produced sensational numbers at Borussia Dortmund.
After completing a £73million move which took United two summers to pull off, Sancho surely would not have expected to find himself bench-bound so soon.
But that is exactly what Solskjaer has done as the Norwegian attempts to steer his side out of a worrying run of form which was mercifully ended with victory over Villarreal on Wednesday.
Sancho was given another chance to impress against the Yellow Submarine, although it was old-reliable Cristiano Ronaldo who ended up scoring the winner.
All hope is not lost, however, as Express Sport takes a look at three United aces, past and present, who recovered from slow starts to become Red Devils greats.
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David De Gea
Some may already have forgotten about the major concerns raised by David De Gea’s early performances at Old Trafford.
The Spaniard arrived from Atletico Madrid as a skinny 21-year-old with a big reputation, although a series of errors and failures to command his penalty area led many to see him as an over-hyped prospect.
Once he settled in, however, he became a pillar of United’s defensive unit and one of the best goalkeepers in the world.
Although his decade-long stint at Old Trafford suffered a blip in recent years, he has returned to his best form this season as he fends off the challenge of Dean Henderson from the bench.
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Having signed from Spartak Moscow in 2006, Vidic was initially forced to play for the U21s after struggling for early form.
Things certainly did not get off to the fast start for the Serbian who, despite being annoyed about being forced to play for the youth side, decsribed his performances as ‘a horror show’.
In fact, he only notched 15 appearances in all competitions during his first season with the club, embarking on a muscle-building mission to become more imposing on Premier League strikers.
After a year of settling in, however, he went on to form one of the most formidable centre-back partnerships in Premier League history with Rio Ferdinand, as well as starring in one of the best chants ever made.
Much like Sancho, Sheringham arrived at United amid plenty of hype due to exploits with his previous club.
In his case, it was Tottenham, the team who he made his league debut against and subsequently missed a penalty.
It took Sheringham until his fourth United game to finally get on the scoresheet in what was, overall, a disappointing maiden season at Old Trafford.
He recovered to enjoy a fruitful four-year spell with the club, however, which included one of the most famous goals in their history in the 1999 Champions League final.
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