Cristiano Ronaldo “overshadowed” Jadon Sancho as Roy Keane makes “different animal” claim

Roy Keane has given his verdict on Jadon Sancho’s slow start at Manchester United and reckons he might have been “overshadowed” by the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo.

The winger has endured a disappointing opening few months at Old Trafford and has struggled to settle in the Premier League.

He looks a shadow of the player he was at Borussia Dortmund as he took the Bundesliga by storm.

It’s early days yet, but in contrast, Man Utd’s other big signing Ronaldo has hit the ground running and it’s almost as if he’s never been away from the club.

Despite his poor form, Sancho started in England’s World Cup qualifier against Andorra on Saturday night as Gareth Southgate insists he is a part of the Three Lion’s long-term plans.

Jadon Sancho has struggled at Man Utd while Cristiano Ronaldo has thrived
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And Keane reckons the frenzy surrounding Ronaldo’s arrival might have not helped the winger.

Speaking on ITV, the United legend said: “It’s certainly been a slow start for him, it’s well and good doing well at Dortmund but it’s a different animal going to Man United, big expectations.

“Maybe overshadowed slightly with Ronaldo coming in but I’d always give the kid a chance, he’s been there a few months, nice opportunity for him tonight but give him a chance.”

Jermain Defoe reckons Sancho needs to be given more time to get comfortable in his new surroundings.

He added: “Obviously there’s been a lot of talk around Sancho, he’s only 21 he’s come to a different league, a lot of expectation, a big fee, he’s joined arguably one of the biggest clubs in the world.

“It’s going to take time of course, but he’s one of those players that gets the ball and you’re on the edge of your seat, you want him to do something, you want him to take the handbrake off and show us the sort of form he produced in Germany. Hopefully take his chance.”

Jadon Sancho is yet to score or assist for Manchester United
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Southgate admitted Sancho’s form at club level didn’t warrant a call-up, but explained that England have “invested in him over a period of time” as he explained his decision.

He said: ‘”Does he deserve to be in on these performances over the last few weeks? Well probably not,” Southgate said of the former Manchester City youngster.

“But I think we feel we have invested in Jadon over a period of time, we believe he can get to a high level.

“I would like some time with him to chat with him and help that process that’s going on at Manchester United as well and I think for him to feel that we have belief in him at this point is a good message.

Roy Keane reckons Cristiano Ronaldo might have “overshadowed” Jadon Sancho
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“So again we’re talking about there’s no perfect solution here and you could easily throw another name at me that we’ve left out in the past and say, ‘well you didn’t deal with them in the same way’.

“We try to individually do the right thing at the right time, send the right message and sometimes the right message is to leave a player out and maybe they respond and that’s the right thing but we feel with Jadon at this time it is important for us to keep him with us.”

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