Sancho finally completed his much talked about move to United this summer in a deal worth £73million, considerably less than the £108m price tag Borussia Dortmund slapped on the winger in 2020.
Due to the deal dragging on for over a year, Sancho’s big-money signing lost some anticipation and has been usurped by Jack Grealish’s move to Manchester City, Romelu Lukaku signing for Chelsea and the most notable deal of the summer seeing Lionel Messi leave Barcelona for PSG.
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Like the rest of the footballing world, Sancho was left utterly dumbfounded by the news that Barcelona had failed to renew Messi’s contract but vows to use the new look PSG attack as motivation to “get to their level”.
Asked what he made of Neymar, Mbappe and Messi uniting in Paris, Sancho told BT Sport : “I think I use that as motivation. PSG are a great side; they’ve got great players like Mbappe, Neymar and now Messi.
“As a young player, I’m looking at that like, ‘Woah’. That means I’ve got to step up my game and try to show the world that, although I’m not at that level yet, I can get to that level.
“And especially it’s good competition, and every young player should thrive for big games like that. So if we ever did face them in the Champions League, I will be buzzing, I’ll be ready to go. But yeah, they’ve got a great side, definitely.”
Sancho only began pre-season with United on Monday but has been left encouraged by his connection with Bruno Fernandes, whom he describes as a great player with a winner’s mentality.
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Asked if he thinks he fits into United’s winning culture, Sancho responded: “Yeah, definitely. I can see that in a few of the players, like Bruno. Today we were on the same team, and we just linked up very well.
“Me and him love winning, so I’m glad me and Bruno have the same mindset because it’s needed, especially in a big team like this. If you want to win things, you have to learn how to win in training and matches, so it’s important.”
The United boss would likely have eased Sancho into proceedings due to his late arrival into pre-season because of Euro 2020 and illness.
However, Sancho’s involvement has been expedited by Marcus Rashford’s shoulder operation, which is set to sideline him for the opening months of the season.
Daniel James is in line to start for United against Leeds following his extraordinary performance last season, grabbing a goal as United ran out 6-2 winners at Old Trafford.
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