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Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand backs Jadon Sancho to do well at Old Trafford

Rio Ferdinand believes it is “ a matter of time ” before Jadon Sancho shows the way that he convinced Man United to shell out £ 73 million for him, as he points out that his former teammates Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic did not act at the instant.

  • Jadon Sancho has struggled to make an impact since joining Manchester United
  • Winger lost his place at United and was later eliminated by England
  • Rio Ferdinand said that it is natural that the winger needs to acclimatize
  • He highlighted the experiences of Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic at the club


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Rio Ferdinand is confident that it is “a matter of time” before Jadon Sancho shows the way he convinced Manchester United to pay 73 million pounds for him.

Sancho has lost his place at United and was eliminated last week by England manager Gareth Southgate.

Ferdinand, however, said it is only natural that the winger needs to acclimate to his new club and pointed to the examples of Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic, his two former United teammates who needed time to impress at Old Trafford.

Jadon Sancho has struggled to make an impact since joining Manchester United in the summer

Jadon Sancho has struggled to make an impact since joining Manchester United in the summer

The former United defender also insisted that Sancho cannot allow the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo to overwhelm his talent.

“You can only see that as a plus,” Ferdinand told Sportsmail. Can’t look at someone like Ronaldo in your dressing room, being able to work alongside him [as a negative].

I think he is the most decisive footballer we have seen. His natural habits around the training ground copy his preparation. You have to be a sponge like that.

‘For Jadon, Marcus [Rashford] and Mason [Greenwood]Those three attacking players should be absorbing this especially. Even these first 11 goals [from Ronaldo] what have you seen, that would be enough [to teach them].

Sancho has lost his place at Manchester United and was later abandoned by England

Sancho has lost his place at Manchester United and was later abandoned by England

Sancho has lost his place at Manchester United and was later abandoned by England

There is no question of Jadon’s ability, there is no question of his desire. That is all. But sometimes when you go to a soccer club, you need all the other pieces of the puzzle to fit together. And at the moment they do not fit in their perfect places. I think it will come, I think it will be a matter of time.

‘Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic are the examples you need to lean on and show off.

‘There are many players who came to United and did not [perform straight away]. Patrice and Nemanja are two great examples of my generation ”.

Rio Ferdinand (top) highlighted the experiences of former teammates Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic (center), who excelled after slow starts at Old Trafford.

Rio Ferdinand (top) highlighted the experiences of former teammates Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic (center), who excelled after slow starts at Old Trafford.

Rio Ferdinand (top) highlighted the experiences of former teammates Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic (center), who excelled after slow starts at Old Trafford.

Ferdinand was speaking in Peckham, where he grew up, while filming a new BT movie that attempts to explain the seemingly exponential rise in footballers in South London. The documentary, on which Ferdinand served as executive producer, includes interviews with Sancho (Camberwell), Tammy Abraham (Camberwell) and Joe Gomez (Lewisham).

South Of The River also features Michail Antonio (Earlsfield), Ademola Lookman (Peckham), Eberechi Eze (Greenwich), Ryan and Steven Sessegnon (Wandsworth). The filmmakers could have also spoken to Declan Rice (Kingston), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Lewisham), Callum Hudson-Odoi (Morden), and Emile Smith Rowe (Croydon).

When the World Cup rolls around in Qatar next year, Sancho, Rice, Gomez, Abraham, Smith Rowe and Hudson-Odoi may be making their way into the national team.

Evra (right) soon became an integral member of United's first team as a left-back.

Evra (right) soon became an integral member of United's first team as a left-back.

Evra (right) soon became an integral member of United’s first team as a left-back.

Sancho and Hudson-Odoi have already won the U-17 World Cup together and Lookman won the U-20 World Cup, so any future success for England could have a different feel in South London.

“They have a culture growing together, winning together and knowing how to win tournaments,” Ferdinand said.

‘These guys have a great culture that they have built over the years. They’ve done it in style when they were kids and now they’re trying to turn that into the first team. They have come very close in the last two tournaments and we hope they will go one step further when they get back there. ”

South Of The River, a three-part docuseries and the latest installment in the BT Sport Films series, will premiere on BT Sport 1 on November 23.

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