Jadon Sancho is beginning to recapture his Borussia Dortmund form for Manchester United says Ralf Rangnick – “It was a problem for him to get adjusted to the intensity and physicality of the league. Now he has managed to do that. I’m happy to see him play at that kind of level right now”

Ralf Rangnick says Manchester United is starting to see Jadon Sancho’s true talent now that the summer signing has adjusted to the rigors of Premier League football and rebuilt his confidence.

After a protracted pursuit of the England international, the Old Trafford giants finally got their man after agreeing a £73m deal with Borussia Dortmund.

Sancho looked a shell of the player that lit up the Bundesliga during the first part of this season, only for Rangnick’s arrival to gradually bring about an uptick in performances and self-belief.

Jadon Sancho, FA Cup

The 21-year-old forward produced another impressive performance as United beat Tottenham 3-2 on Saturday evening and Rangnick is excited by his progress.

“They paid quite a few pounds for him in order to lure him away from Borussia Dortmund and if you pay that amount of money in a transfer fee for a player he should perform on this kind of level,” Rangnick said.

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Rangnick said the winger “is now getting closer to the Jadon Sancho I’ve known from Germany”, adding “in the end, it’s all about confidence”.

“And the same actually – I repeat myself – is true for a player like Marcus Rashford, for example.”

Sancho has an ability to get fans on their feet and will likely have an important role to play in Tuesday’s Champions League last-16 second leg against Atletico Madrid, as will Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo and Cavani

The 37-year-old missed the humbling derby defeat at Manchester City with a hip flexor issue but returned with a bang on Saturday when scoring a hat-trick and leading from the front.

“He is an important player of course,” Rangnick said.

“With his reputation and with the way he can still play he has an influence on the team for sure but there are also other players in the team who have to take responsibility, who have to perform, who can be leaders of the team.

“He can be a leader with a performance like that. This is what I have been telling him since I arrived, that with a performance like [Saturday] he can be one of the engines of the team.

“But we have quite a few other players who can do the same, including Fred, Harry (Maguire), Rapha (Varane), Victor (Lindelof), whoever.

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