Injury expert: 'Huge' issue may be real reason for Sancho struggles at Man United
Man United superstar Jadon Sancho needs time to adapt to the most high-intensity football in the world in the Premier League.
That is the view of injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.
The 21-year-old, a £73million summer signing from Borussia Dortmund, has started just two of United’s opening six Premier League games.
He was left on the bench by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the Red Devils’ 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa on 25 September.
But Dinnery is unsurprised that the young winger has not immediately lit up the Premier League and suggest it will take time to physically adjust.
“We maybe need to cut Sancho a little bit of slack,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
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“The Premier League is the most intensive, high-energy league in the world. That’s proved if you look at all the metrics for distance covered.
“There is also a huge number of high-intensity sprints, more than any other in the league.
“With Jadon Sancho and his position, he is required to make a lot of these sprints with limited or no rest in between.
“Let’s also not forget that Sancho is still very young. He didn’t choose the fee, but it does come with the weight of expectation.
“This is a new environment, a new lifestyle, a completely different style of play.
“Sometimes it can take a season to get fully up to speed. Look at Christian Pulisic.
“There are so many factors that impact on performance. The club will understand that and there will be no internal pressure on him.”