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Why Sancho struggles for Man Utd and England but thrived at Dortmund

On Friday, England will face Andorra without a single notable player in the starting XI or even on the bench.

Due to his poor performances for his new club, Manchester United, Jadon Sancho, who was deemed good enough for a position in Gareth Southgate's Euro 2020 squad and even selected as a penalty taker in the tournament final, has been dropped from the England squad due to injury.

While Southgate has stated that Sancho's poor form is due to a supposed difference in quality between his former and new leagues, there's no doubting that the winger has been far from his best since moving to Old Trafford.

Sancho, with three goals in 22 games for England, has also failed to establish himself as a major member of Southgate's squad.

So, why was the young forward so effective for Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga, but now appears to be lost for Manchester United and England?

How Manchester United can get the Englishman back on form

Sancho, contrary to Southgate's assertions, is more than capable of scoring goals and assisting in the Premier League, as he was in the Bundesliga. That is exactly why Manchester United bought him.

The true reason for the forward's demise in Manchester is that he has yet to be given a solid run of games to integrate into the team, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer instead using him as an impact sub.

Sancho, unlike Edinson Cavani or Jesse Lingard, is a highly technical player who thrives when given a starting role and enough time to study his opponents. And his statistics from last season prove that.

Only one of Sancho's 16 goals and 20 assists for Dortmund last season came from a game in which the winger came off the bench. All of the others were from starting positions.

This is also evident in the player's international performances. Sancho has three goals and four assists in 11 starts for England. Sancho has zero goals and one assist in the 11 games he's played since coming off the bench.

So far this campaign, Solskjaer has only started Sancho in four games, with his appearances often interrupted by a return to the bench. And it's unlikely that the Norwegian gaffer will get much more out of him until he gives him a longer run in the starting lineup.

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