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Sancho has been well below-par since making a £73 million switch from Borussia Dortmund in the summer, having failed to register a single goal or assist in 13 outings.
He has struggled for regular game-time and starts, managing 566 minutes, six starts and only completing one full game in all competitions.
And according to The Athletic, United are looking at giving him a different role. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reverted to a 3-4-1-2 system in recent weeks following the 5-0 hammering at the hands of Liverpool.
That formation does not allow for wingers and so Sancho could well be deployed as the right-sided wing-back ahead of Aaron-Wan Bissaka, who has received criticism for his lack of ability on the ball and in the attack.
🚨⚽ | NEW: Coaches have tried Jadon Sancho as a right wing-back in sessions in recent weeks and, with Wan-Bissaka’s attacking ability in question— Football For All (@FootballlForAll) November 9, 2021
They accused Jose of wanting to turn "talented" forwards like Martial and Rashford into fullbacks and 3 years later, they're actually trying to turn Jadon Sancho into a wingback. 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣— Mr. J (@Joa_yimz) November 9, 2021
It's said Sancho has been used in the position during training sessions and is seen as an option in games where teams will look to defend deep and contain.
In the same report, it's noted that there are a number of factors for Sancho's slow start. When he arrived for pre-season, Sancho was suffering with quite a severe ear infection that meant he was training with cotton balls in his ears due to the pain.
To make matters worse, he then picked up a calf injury.
Although he has a wealth of experience in the Bundesliga, a league he lit up during his time there, Sancho told a teammate the pace of the Premier League "was something to hold".
This conversation happened after the 4-1 win over Newcastle and the teammate in question told him to "Get used to it".
The 21-year-old is well aware he's not been at the races but is believed to be putting the work in to kickstart his United career.
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