Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has explained Jadon Sancho’s poor form for the club so far this season after joining the club in the summer.
Sancho played the entire 90 minutes against United as they lost the Carabao Cup at West Ham United.
He was playing his first full match since joining Red Devils. Donny Van de Beek, the Dutch midfielder, played only 90 minutes.
Van de Beek, who has only played six minutes in this league since his arrival from Ajax last year, has had a difficult time getting consistent starts.
Discussing Sancho and Van de Beek’s form and performances after the match, Solskjaer said: “I can’t complain about the effort.
“It has something to do with the rhythm. It is the confidence. The confidence is not there.
“Good for them to get time, but we didn’t get the result. So like I said, there was a bit lacking in terms of quality, but not in terms of effort.”
Although Sancho has played in every match of United so far this season, he started four, he is yet to register an assist or score for the new club.
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The England winger scored 16 goals and provided 20 assists in 38 matches for Borussia Dortmund in Germany last season.
Van de Beek has only scored once in 39 appearances since he moved to Old Trafford last September. He also has only two assists.
He made his second start for United last night, and only his 17th overall in a tough first year in Manchester for the Dutch international.
United are now focusing on Saturday’s match at Old Trafford against Aston Villa.