Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has backed Jadon Sancho to handle the boo-boys ahead of their tie against Southampton.
Sancho is expected to start for United in the game in what will be his first start since the summer Euro tournament where he received criticism from a section of England fans after missing a penalty in the final.
Solskjaer expects the player to find a rough time at St Mary’s on Sunday but cited how David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo handled things after they were abused on their return to club football after major international tournaments.
“With regards to how we handle it, no problem. Jadon and Marcus (Rashford) are both strong characters. We know as a club that sometimes you have to be strong. The way the manager (Sir Alex Ferguson) dealt with the Becks situation was the right prototype. We will protect him, I’ll protect him. That’s absolutely no issue.
“When you go away, say with Cristiano and Becks, it’s not just because you’ve done something wrong, it’s also because they are afraid of you. Becks dealt with it in his own way: ‘I’ll show you, I’ll prove how good I am.
“They are the traits of a Man United player and person, to go through difficult times still knowing you’ve got your team-mates and they have your back,” the Norwegian said.
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