Soccer-Solskjaer defends Sancho after Southgate remarks

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer dismissed England coach Gareth Southgate’s questions about Jadon Sancho’s form and said the winger would soon be a “better player”. Southgate named Sancho to his squad for this month’s World Cup qualifiers, but said the 21-year-old’s selection was “probably not” deserved if it was based on his performances over the years. last few weeks.

Sancho has thrived at Borussia Dortmund but struggled to play at United after his £ 73million ($ 98.88million) transfer this summer, and has drawn criticism for some of his performances. But Solskjaer defended Sancho, praising his performance in Wednesday’s 2-1 win over Villarreal in the Champions League group stage.

“Was this interview (with Southgate) done before Wednesday night?” Solskjaer said ahead of Saturday’s Premier League home game with Everton. “Jadon was exceptional, he was electric, the crowd loved him. I think he felt that connection with the crowd, and that’s what we want from him, to be direct, positive, to overtake the players repeatedly. . “

Sancho played a limited role in England’s run to the European Championship final this summer and missed the World Cup qualifiers against Hungary, Andorra and Poland with injury. He is yet to score for United, having started only two of his five Premier League appearances and made three appearances in Cup competitions.

“Yes, he hasn’t scored yet, but that night I thought, ‘Yes, it’s Jadon’ and we’re going to see a lot of them,” Solskjaer added. “And Gareth also said it was important for Jadon to know that they believe in him. They have invested time in him. He will be a top player. The performances will come.”

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