Manchester United v Everton: Match in pictures
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may have been handed another selection headache after watching Jadon Sancho flourish for England against Andorra on Saturday night. His side have depth all over the pitch, but he has an overwhelming amount of talent in the final third to choose from.
The winger arrived at Old Trafford over the summer from Borussia Dortmund for a fee of £73million, but he has since struggled to adjust to the Premier League.
He has started just two league games this season and made four appearances off of the bench, which has raised questions over why the 21-year-old is failing to adjust and some are simply asking whether he is capable of taking the Red Devils to where they need to be.
The recent international break provided Sancho with a great chance to gain a much-needed confidence boost, and he took the opportunity with both hands.
However, the former Manchester City academy graduate played as a left-winger, which may suggest that Solskjaer will have to pick between him and Marcus Rashford in a few weeks.
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Up against Andorra, Sancho created four chances, had three successful dribbles, created three big chances and registered an 88 per cent passing accuracy.
Being able to cut in off of the left onto his favoured right foot opened up plenty of chances for the summer signing and he flourished by being able to create centrally.
Sancho assisted Ben Chilwell’s goal in the 17th minute to open the scoring in the 5-0 victory and also delivered a teasing cross into the box for Tammy Abraham to nudge home in the second half.
Back at United, Solskjaer has put a lot of faith in Mason Greenwood out on the right-wing, and he has been nothing but impressive.
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The 20-year-old has started every game this season in the Premier League, scoring three times and drawing plenty of plaudits for his pace, creativity and ability with both feet.
Greenwood’s good form has suggested that he has nailed down his spot in the starting eleven and Cristiano Ronaldo up front is an unquestionable inclusion, which means that Sancho could be battling it out with England teammate Rashford for a spot on the left-wing soon.
Rashford has been out for the opening months of the new campaign as he is recovering from surgery on his shoulder which he delayed so that he could be part of Gareth Southgate’s Euro 2020 squad.
Last season, along with attacking midfielder Bruno Fernandes, Rashford carried United up the league table.
The 23-year-old, who is quickly becoming a national treasure due to his work in communities and politics off of the pitch, scored 11 times and assisted nine in the 2020/21 campaign.
We may be able to see who Solskjaer prefers on the left-wing sooner rather than later as Rashford hinted to the United club website that his return was on the horizon. Asked about his shoulder, he said: “It’s good now, I’m pretty much at the end now,
“I feel ready to be back on the pitch. So yes, I‘m just looking forward to the next slot of games – it’s a busy schedule.”
Sancho arrived at the Theatre of Dreams as a right-winger so it would be no surprise to see him play in a front three with Rashford and Ronaldo, but it seems unlikely that the manager will want to drop Greenwood from his starting eleven based on how he has begun the season.
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