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Southgate ‘not surprised’ to see Sancho struggle at Man Utd

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The former Dortmund star has been unable to hit the ground running since completing his long-awaited move to Old Trafford.

Gareth Southgate says he’s “not surprised” to see Jadon Sancho struggle at Manchester United and admits the player doesn’t deserve a place in the England national team.

Sancho enrolled in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad in the summer in a £73 million deal in the summer after developing into one of the world’s best wingers during his three years in Germany. The 21-year-old notched a remarkable tally of 50 goals and 64 assists in 137 senior appearances for Borussia Dortmund.

At Manchester United, however, he has been a shadow of the player he used to be. The ex-Manchester City man is yet to make a goal contribution in eight games for his new club so far.

“With Jadon I’m not surprised, really,” Southgate said, as Sky Sports reports.

“The Bundesliga is totally different, Dortmund is a big club but Manchester United is one of the biggest in the world.

“There’s some adaptation to that, there’s a definite adaptation to the league, you’re not going to get the goals and assists numbers anywhere near in our league, that you are in the Bundesliga.

“Our league, every game is intense and tough and he’s probably just starting to realise that.”

Southgate added: “Does he deserve to be in on these performances over the last few weeks? Well probably not.

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