Jadon Sancho has been unveiled as a Manchester United player today, taking on the no.25 shirt (presumably until the no.7 becomes available when Edinson Cavani likely leaves next summer), and has spoken of his delight at being able to wear our jersey.
It’s an honour. Growing up, Manchester United was one of the biggest clubs that everyone knows, and of course there is also all the trophies they’ve won and there have been many iconic players that have come before me. So I’m very happy to be wearing this jersey now.
When I was at Dortmund I was just playing my football and blocking out all of the noise and focusing on what me and my team had to accomplish. Obviously when I was at the Euros that’s when things started to pick up even more and I started to hear that United were interested, and I’m here today.
One of the reasons why I came to Manchester is because I can see the development that’s going on here and I want to be a part of it, especially because it’s such an iconic club and being part of it is kind of a dream come true. I’m sure my family will be proud of me making this big step.
Sancho has been well received by United fans online, as you would expect, and he’s looking forward to playing in front of us and his family again.
It feels very nice. To have the fans by my side is always a great feeling, especially when you come to a new club, because you need to feel comfortable straight away, and I’m sure the fans will give me that feeling.
My family can come and watch me play and it’s nice to be close to them again. I’m excited for the new season, especially as the first game is at home. That’s always a confidence booster – to be in front of your own fans – so it will be nice.
Sancho spent four years at Borussia Dortmund, playing in close to 150 games, and reckons the experience of leaving home when he was young and playing in so many games has aided his development.
It helped me grow as a player and I had the experience of playing in the Champions League and getting the feel of big games. I feel like I did well in those big games and now I’m ready for a new challenge and a bigger step.
It’s helped me mature as a player and a person, so I could say I took that on really well, and my former team-mates helped me a lot with settling in over in Germany and helped me stay focused.