Jadon Sancho – what went wrong at United?

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Jadon Sancho made headlines in the football world with his much anticipated £73 million move to Manchester United from Borussia Dortmund.

The transfer fee reflected on Sancho’s performances for Dortmund with 114 goal contributions in 117 games.

Sadly, for Sancho, he didn’t live up to the price tag as he only amassed 18 goal contributions in 82 appearances for the red devils.

In his two-and-a-half years at Old Trafford, he played under four managers (including two caretakers).

In this article, we delve into the circumstances surrounding Sancho’s time at Manchester United and explore the reasons behind his decision to rejoin the Bundesliga side.

Sancho’s transfer to Manchester United in the summer of 2021 was a huge moment for his career.

United had been interested in the English winger for several transfer windows, and finally securing his signature was seen as a major victory for the club.

Despite the excitement surrounding his arrival, Sancho faced several challenges in adapting to the Premier League and Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s style of play at Manchester United.

After only a few appearances, it was clear he was struggling to replicate the scintillating form he had displayed in Germany.

Additionally, the team itself experienced large periods of inconsistency, which affected Sancho’s ability to fully showcase his talent.

Another factor that contributed to Sancho’s complex situation at Manchester United was the managerial changes during his time at the club.

Changes in leadership often bring adjustments in tactics and playing styles, and Sancho had to adapt to different managerial styles.

The instability in the managerial position restricted his ability to establish any consistency, much like the rest of his teammates.

Sancho’s very public feud with Erik Ten Hag was a key factor in his return.

Sancho described himself as a ‘scapegoat’ on a social media post, after Ten Hag consistently left him out of the matchday squads and criticised his efforts in training.

Since his move back to Dortmund, Ten Hag has told the media that they had ‘issues all the way through’ and his time at United has ‘not been a success’.

Returning to Dortmund provides Sancho with a familiar environment where he has experienced success.

The club and its supporters already know his playing style, and Sancho likely feels a sense of belonging that may have been missing during his time at Manchester United.

His stats in his first spell in Germany are phenomenal, and already he’s had a great start with an assist in his first game back, setting up his old friend Marco Reus.

While his time at Old Trafford may not have unfolded as planned, the move back to Dortmund offers him a chance for a fresh start and hopefully to rekindle his unstoppable form in his previous spell.

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