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Manchester United ace Luke Shaw has backed his ‘unbelievable’ team-mate Jadon Sancho to get his Old Trafford career motoring soon – and has fired a warning to the rest of the Premier League that “his time will come” sooner rather than later.
Sancho finally sealed his protracted move to Manchester this summer in a £73million transfer from Borussia Dortmund.
But despite sparkling during his four-year stay in the Bundesliga, the 21-year-old has found life tougher in the Premier League.
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He’s still yet to register a goal or an assist – despite making seven appearances for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
Despite that, his Old Trafford and England team-mate Shaw has warned their league rivals that Sancho will be at his best sooner rather than later.
“Sometimes, for people, it takes time,” the ex-Southampton left-back told talkSPORT when quizzed on Sancho’s form.
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“I wouldn’t say struggle because I don’t think he’s struggling at the moment. He’s working extremely hard behind closed doors.
“He’s training really well and looking really sharp. He just hasn’t had that bit of luck that sometimes you need for your first goal or first assist. But I’ve got no doubt in my mind, it’s coming.
“The talent he has is unbelievable, he can go right to the very top. It’s just about him staying focussed, keep doing what he’s doing in training and working hard.
“His time will come.”
Shaw’s warning could prove ominous to the rest of the Premier League if Sancho can recapture the form he showcased regularly for Dortmund in the Bundesliga.
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He managed 50 league goals in 137 games for the German giants. He failed to find the net until October for his old side last year but was still able to rack up 17 strikes as Dortmund finished in third spot.
During his stay in Germany, it would often be in the second half of the season that Sancho really started firing.
So perhaps it shouldn’t be too big a concern for United fans that he hasn’t caught light just yet since his move – even if his recent cameos against Villarreal and Everton have seen him start to smolder slightly.
The tricky forward endured a difficult summer too, which has perhaps played a part in his slow start to life in England.
Sancho was one of three England players who missed during the heartbreaking loss on penalties to Italy in the Euro 2020 final, with Sancho’s pre-season delayed due to his international exploits.
By linking up with the England squad for the next fortnight, Sancho has the chance to sharpen himself up before United resume their Premier League campaign with a trip to Leicester next weekend.
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