Jadon Sancho is set to make his first start for Manchester United against Leeds United on Saturday, according to reports.
Despite Sancho only arriving at the Reds’ Carrington training ground on Monday, The Sun expect him to start the season opener against Leeds.
With fellow England international Marcus Rashford out recovering from surgery, the media outlet believe Solskjaer will be tempted to throw his star signing straight into the side, despite the fact that he has already gone on record to say that Sancho ‘needs time to get up to speed’.
It may well be that Solskjaer believes that Sancho adds so much quality to his side that even if he isn’t at peak match sharpness yet, he is still the best option to feature on either one of the wings.
However, it should be noted that Solskjaer gave Daniel James rare starts in both fixtures against Leeds last season. The Norwegian seemed to be aware of Leeds’ unique threat and James has a skillset that can not only help limit that, with his own defensive discipline but extreme pace to exploit Leeds’ own weaknesses as well.
It wouldn’t be surprising at all to see the Welshman start this game with Mason Greenwood on the other wing and Sancho given his debut from the bench.
Should Junior Firpo be passed fit to make his own debut for Leeds United, he and Sancho have faced each other before in a 3-1 win for Barcelona in the group stages of the 2019/20 Champions League.
Although Firpo’s side were ultimately victorious, this was a troubling night for the fullback, who struggled with Sancho’s ability to manipulate the ball in tight spaces. The Englishman often unbalanced his opponent and he certainly won the individual battle, finishing with a goal to show for it.
Even with this being the case, should The Sun be right and Solskjaer gives Sancho the start, the Norwegian would be taking a risk to play anybody not up to their peak fitness against the side known to be the fittest in the league.