Ralf Rangnick reveals he has held ‘quite a few conversations’ with Jadon Sancho as he bids to improve his consistency at Man United after ‘positive’ form… and admits he ‘tried to lure him to Leipzig’ as a teenager
- Jadon Sancho has had a difficult first six months at Manchester United
- He has shown signs of improvement recently, though, under Ralf Rangnick
- Rangnick has liked Sancho for a while as he tried to sign him at RB Leipzig
- He now wants to see Sancho performing at a high level on a consistent basis
Ralf Rangnick has urged Manchester United winger Jadon Sancho to build on his promising performance against Burnley on Tuesday.
The Red Devils were held to a disappointing 1-1 draw at Turf Moor as their hopes of a top four finish took a hit, but Sancho’s display was one of the few positives on the night, and he was subsequently voted Man of the Match by the club’s fanbase.
In his previous outing, the 21-year-old scored his first home goal for United against Middlesbrough in the FA Cup, and he looks to be finding his feet at Old Trafford following his summer arrival from Borussia Dortmund.
Jadon Sancho has struggled to settle at Man United after joining from Borussia Dortmund
Interim boss Rangnick has been pleased by Sancho’s upturn in form, and has revealed that he has spoken to the England international personally on a number of occasions recently as he continues to adjust to the Premier League.
‘He did [improve], but this was necessary. We had quite a few conversations just between Jadon and myself,’ he told United’s official website.
The German coach has admired Sancho’s skillset for some time, and admitted that he tried to sign him at RB Leipzig when he was a teenager.
The young forward is now starting to deliver on his undoubted potential, and Rangnick has called for him to maintain his high level moving forward.
Sancho has shown signs of improvement recently, particularly in his latest outing at Burnley
Ralf Rangnick now wants Sancho to work on his consistency as United battle for a top four spot
‘I’ve known Jadon for four or five years now. When he was 17, I was trying to lure him to Leipzig and yeah, this is the kind of performance that we need, that he should play regularly on a permanent basis.
‘Also for him, he can still get better and improve his performances but, so far, in the last weeks, there was a development in a positive way. He’s in good shape right now and it’s about making sure he can play on this kind of level continuously,’ he added.
United are back in action on Saturday as they host Southampton in the lunchtime kick-off, before they entertain Brighton three days later, giving Sancho two chances to impress the Old Trafford crowd in quick succession.
The 13-time Premier League champions will be looking to give their campaign some fresh impetus after a poor start to the month that has seen them dumped out of the FA Cup, while they also currently find themselves outside the Champions League places.