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Solskjaer has one tactical switch that could get his top winger tearing down opponents' defences

Jadon Sancho's numbers at Manchester United aren't great; he hasn't scored or assisted in any of his ten appearances for the club. 

Some argue that Sancho's poor start at United is due to his being played on the left wing rather than the right wing, where he was signed, but statistics from his Dortmund days refute this claim, as Sancho scored 20 goals and produced 23 assists in 50 games on the left wing, compared to 24 goals and 36 assists in 70 games on the right wing.

What could be preventing Sancho from being at his best now that his position isn't an issue? Sancho's lack of rotational freedom, which he had in Dortmund, could be the lone element holding him back. Sancho is relegated to a permanent position on the wing at Manchester United, as shown in the heatmaps of the Leicester and Everton games below. He does not shift to the right wing or the center forward position.

Sancho had complete freedom to wander throughout the front three positions in Dortmund, as you can see in these random heatmaps from his time in the Bundesliga. Unlike at United, where he is relegated to a specific position and is unable to use the various parts of the front three, this freedom likely allowed him to rock the Bundesliga.

Ole must have faith in Sancho. Yes, Ronaldo and Greenwood are his go-to strikers, but Sancho could be a game changer if given the flexibility to interchange with the other forwards, making it difficult for opponents' defenders to predict how Manchester United will attack. 


Manchester United's technical bench will be anxious about their defense after the Leicester thumping, but they must also revitalize their offense by utilizing the abilities of players like Sancho and Ronaldo.

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