Ole Gunnar’s Salisbury has raised questions about Jadon Sanchez’s form and insists the summer signing will shine on Manchester United’s shirt.
Sancho scored 1 goal and 20 assists in all competitions for Borussia Dortmund last season, but has yet to register in any division since spending £ 8million at Old Trafford this summer.
England manager Gareth Southgate suggested Sanchez’s recent form was not worthy of the international call he received on Thursday and said he would need help to sit in the Premier League.
But it remains to be seen if Solskire saw Southgate the night before, when Sancho United played a 75-minute win over Villarreal in the 2-1 Champions League.
“Was that interview done before Wednesday night?” He said when Southgate’s comments were put to him on Thursday afternoon.
“Jadon was exceptional, he was electric. The crowd liked him and I think he felt that connection.
“He was direct, positive, he went backwards countless times. Yeah, he hasn’t scored yet but I thought, ‘That’s Jadon and we’re going to see a lot.’
“Gareth further said that Jadon knows (England) trusts him and invests in him.”
Although Sancho was included in the England squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Hungary and Andorra, Southgate Mason Greenwood decided to drop, arguing that the young forward needed to be rested – a verdict supported by Solskier.
“Gareth had an open conversation with Mason and his family and they know the situation,” he said. “He also knows that Mason is really interested in playing for England.
“Gareth realizes the boy is only 20 – he’s 20 today [Friday]. He is going to be a top player for England and Manchester United but he has to manage properly.
“It gives us a chance to work on his fitness but also gives him a chance to rest because he’s played a lot, a lot of games at high intensity.”
Although Sancho and Greenwood both started against Villarreal, it was another disappointing night for Donnie van de Beck, who started just two of nine games this season and only four Premier League games since joining Ajax last summer.
“He knows he’s not frozen,” Salkshire said. It’s Manchester United.
“I have no problem with Donnie at all. He knows what he has to do and he is persistent in his work. He never lets his mood negatively affect his teammates. You have to have that fire in your stomach. If you’re going to make it.”
Marcus Rash Rashford returned to full communication training on Friday and Solskier suggested he could return to work after the international break.
“I hope he will be involved against Leicester (October 1),” Salkshire said. “He’s training and working hard physically, joining the group as a floating so he doesn’t have any problems with it.
“Today was the first day that it was possible to deal with him and so it happened so let’s hope he got his bearings and found his movements. There are many reasons for his involvement against Lester.”
Southgate have backed Sancho but have admitted he does not deserve the England spot
Gareth Southgate has admitted that Jadon Sancho’s form at Manchester United is not worthy of England’s call-up but his inclusion in the recent squad has shown that he retains the forward’s “faith”.
“Has he qualified for this performance over the last few weeks?
“But I think we think we’ve invested in Jadon within a certain period of time, we believe he can reach a higher level.
“I want to chat with him for a while and help with the process that is going on at Manchester United and I think he thinks our trust in him at the moment is a good message.
“So again we’re saying there’s no perfect solution here and you can easily throw me another name that we’ve left in the past and say, ‘OK you didn’t treat them the same way’.
“We personally try to do the right thing at the right time, send the right message and sometimes the right message is to let go of a player, maybe they respond and that’s the right thing to do. To keep him with us.”