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Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick explains why Jadon Sancho is struggling

Ralf Rangnick believes Jadon Sancho is struggling with the greater expectation at Manchester United and the mental strain is taking its toll amid a subdued start at the club.

Sancho, 21, has scored just two goals and failed to provide an assist in 23 United appearances - 14 of them starts - since his £72.9million transfer from Borussia Dortmund in July.

United coveted Sancho for four years prior to his arrival but he has struggled to perform and was dreadful off the bench in United's 2-2 capitulation at Aston Villa on Saturday.

Sancho was dropped after the defeat to Wolves two weeks ago and is unlikely to start in the Premier League match at Brentford on Wednesday night. Rangnick scouted Sancho while he was the sporting director of the Red Bull group and watched him closely in Germany, so is uniquely placed to assess the England international's chastening start at United.

In response to the opening question on Sancho, Rangnick was accidentally muted on Zoom and the club failed to respond to a request for the full audio of the United interim manager's answer.

“Difficult to say. I think it’s a different league, it’s a different competition," Rangnick said. "It’s more physical, it’s more pressure, although he also played for one of the biggest clubs in Germany, in Dortmund.

"But I think in total, the whole league, the whole competition is more physical and the level of expectation is higher. When he came to Borussia Dortmund as a young player, he was only 18. Now he’s 21, playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world.

"I think it’s also got to do with a lot of different things up here (points to his temple) in his head. But in training, whenever I see him train, he’s showing that he’s one of the best players in

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