Jadon Sancho has offered insight into new Man Utd role at Euro 2020 with England

Man Utd: Jadon Sancho in profile

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If Manchester United fans weren’t already excited by the prospect of Jadon Sancho walking out at Old Trafford in August, they certainly are now. Sancho did not disappoint in his first Euro 2020 start in the week United’s £73m agreement with Borussia Dortmund for the winger was finally confirmed.

The 21-year-old vindicated Gareth Southgate’s faith in him, offering a constant threat from both flanks as the Three Lions thrashed Ukraine 4-0 in Rome. 

He may not have joined the party with goals or assists, but Sancho was a livewire and set the tone from the first whistle with his directness and quick tempo.

United are perennial slow starters under Solskjaer but Sancho will aim to have the Red Devils racing out of the blocks next season.

And there were similarities that can be drawn from Sancho’s role in the national team and how he will line up under his new Norwegian boss next year.

Sancho began on the right of a fluid 4-2-3-1 system for the Three Lions, the same position he is expected to occupy in the red of United.

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But his willingness to float across the front three and change flanks was effective for England, as he switched flanks with Manchester City star Raheem Sterling on more than one occasion. 

Sancho was dangerous when switching to the left and showed early signs of an exciting relationship with new teammate Luke Shaw.

His versatility across the front three makes him a tantalising threat for Solskjaer to utilise next season and the United boss can interchange him with the indispensable Marcus Rashford, rather like Southgate did with Sterling.

Sancho spoke about his role after the game, giving an insight into where he could also operate for the Red Devils.

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“We knew that me and Raheem, on the wings, had to go at them and create space for Harry Kane,” he told TalkSPORT.

I thought we did so and that’s how we got the goals tonight so I’m very happy for the team and especially for Harry Kane.

“Me and Raz [Sterling], we always switch. We can play right, left, or in the middle. It’s not a problem for both of us. We just keep switching. Let’s say if it’s a counter attack, I’m on the left, he’s on the right, we just stay in those positions and whenever we want to switch, we’ll switch.”

Shaw was another of England’s outstanding performers at the Stadio Olimpico and is looking forward to welcoming Sancho to Old Trafford.

“Brilliant. I said to him after the game ‘that’s a big performance’,” Shaw added. 

“He hasn’t had too much game time, he’s obviously been, not disappointed but wanting to play like everyone else.

“He’s kept his head down, he’s kept working hard and I feel like tonight he took his chance.

“He showed people why we’re buying him and of course, even though I was on the pitch, I was really impressed with his performance.

“I’m obviously looking forward to him becoming a Manchester United player and I will keep getting on to him to keep those high standards up.”

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