Manchester United v Everton: Match in pictures
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Manchester United icon Roy Keane has expressed concern that Jadon Sancho is being overshadowed by Cristiano Ronaldo at Old Trafford. Sancho has made a painfully slow start under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after a lengthy transfer chase, and their former captain seems to feel as though it is because his role is not as prominent as it was at Borussia Dortmund.
Despite putting up great numbers out in Germany, Sancho has failed to notch a single goal or assist for the Red Devils in eight appearances.
Having registered three goals in 23 outings in an England shirt, his international record is not much better, but Gareth Southgate opted to give him a chance against Andorra.
The 21-year-old repaid the Three Lions boss by playing an influential role, setting up two goals as England romped to a 5-0 victory.
Even so, he is yet to put in such a display for United which will come as a disappointment for all parties, given it took them two summers to get him through the door.
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Keane explained to ITV before kick-off: “It’s certainly been a slow start for him, it’s well and good doing well at Dortmund but it’s a different animal going to Man United, big expectations.
“Maybe overshadowed slightly with Ronaldo coming in but I’d always give the kid a chance, he’s been there a few months, nice opportunity for him tonight but give him a chance.”
Ronaldo has hogged the headlines since making his sensational return from Juventus, bagging five goals in six games.
While the presence of such an accomplished goal-scorer in United’s attack could leave Sancho in the shadows, it could also take some of the spotlight away as he attempts to find his feet.
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Also speaking before the England game was Jermain Defoe, a player who has been through his fair share of moving clubs during a nomadic career.
Having said that, the current Rangers frontman has generally found success everywhere he has been, as well as putting 20 England goals on his resume.
“Obviously there’s been a lot of talk around Sancho, he’s only 21 he’s come to a different league, a lot of expectation, a big fee,” he said.
“He’s joined arguably one of the biggest clubs in the world. It’s going to take time of course.
“But he’s one of those players that gets the ball and you’re on the edge of your seat, you want him to do something.
“You want him to take the handbrake off and show us the sort of form he produced in Germany. Hopefully he’ll take his chance.”
He did cross that hurdle for the Three Lions, albeit against weaker opposition, but he will have to earn his way out of Ronaldo’s shadow at Old Trafford.
With so much talent in attack, he may have to worm his way back in from the bench, but sooner or later he needs to take his chance.
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