Ralf Rangnick’s warning about Manchester United’s Jadon Sancho should be heeded by Erik ten Hag.
Ten Hag has signed a three-year deal with United, with the option of a fourth year. The Dutchman will have to motivate the group he inherits to improve, which includes Sancho, who has struggled to establish consistency at United.
Sancho joined United for £73 million in the summer, but he has struggled to make an impact since returning to Manchester. Sancho scored five goals and added three assists in 38 appearances for United last season, but he doesn’t appear to be the same player that lit up the Bundesliga.
When asked about Sancho’s January form, Rangnick predicted that the player would improve with greater confidence. Sancho was subjected to a higher degree of expectation at United than he was in Germany, according to the former interim boss.
“There’s a difference between coming to Borussia Dortmund as an 18-year-old [he was 17 at the time], unknown, bright English youngster,” Rangnick stated. “From then, it’s entirely up to you to improve and make a success of it.”
“The degree of expectation was a lot lower compared to when you come to a club like Manchester United at the age of 23 [he is now 21] and pay a hefty transfer price with a high level of expectation.”
“Everyone anticipated that he would be one of the team’s greatest players. This is a more difficult environment psychologically and emotionally than the one he had at Borussia Dortmund, and these are the kinds of measures he needs to take to become a great player at this club over the next ten years.
“We can provide instructions and all the necessary help, but it is ultimately up to him to take the following steps.” It’s not just about getting the best training possible. ‘Confirm the performances you show in training when you’re playing on the pitch,’ I told him the day before yesterday [Sunday].
“It has something to do with a lot of the things that are going on in his psyche.” It’s all about confidence with those types of guys, with creative offensive players, knowing how fantastic they can be and then demonstrating it in front of 75,000.”