Possibly above anything else this summer, Manchester United fans desperately wanted to witness the transfer of Jadon Sancho and put an end to an elongated saga.
It has been a painful 18 months since the Red Devils first registered their interest in the then Borussia Dortmund hotshot, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has finally landed on the player that he saw best fit for the right wing.
Ever since Antonio Valancia turned into more of a right back than a forward player six years ago, Man United have found themselves with an out-and-out right winger, forcing to play Juan Mata out there among many others.
This has stifled United’s attack and made it obvious to opposing teams that most of their play would come down the left, which has Luke Shaw and Marcus Rashford on.
But now, this summer, Manchester United have spent £80 million to prize the young Englishman away from Germany and bring him to Old Trafford. After a few substitute appearances, Sancho made his full debut against Wolverhampton Wanderers last weekend, where it was clear to see that he has not yet reached full fitness.
It will take Sancho some time to not only reach full fitness, but also to adjust to the demands of the Premier League
Solskjaer has clearly wanted Sancho for a number of years now and will know how to get the best out of him moving forward, even if it does take a few months to get up to speed.
Sancho, typically, also starts slowly to any new season, as he didn’t hit form for the Black and Yellows until early winter. The 21-year-old then went on to notch 16 goals and 20 assists in 38 appearances in all competitions.
With the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo, it takes the immediate pressure away from Sancho to deliver, as the Portuguese star will relish having such command of the team in the final third.
Learning off a player who has played at the very top for the past two decades will be something of a dream for the likes of Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford and Sancho, who will all benefit from training with him day in, day out.
There is no doubt that Sancho’s time will come to excel on the main stage, but fans must remain patient as he begins his career at Old Trafford. Once the tricky winger gets up to speed and learns the team synergy, he will begin to put up the sheer amount of numbers that he has been known to produce.