Jadon Sancho admits he was ‘shocked’ after he embarrassed Manchester United captain Harry Maguire during a training session with England.
A clip of Sancho went viral in March 2019 after his quick feet and sharp movement proved too much for Maguire, who ended up falling over as he tried to keep up with the Borussia Dortmund winger.
Maguire and Sancho could now become teammates at club level as Manchester United continue their push to sign the 20-year-old before the end of the transfer window.
But Sancho now claims that Maguire is ‘more aware’ of his trickery following their training sessions together with England.
When asked about the incident involving himself and Maguire, Sancho told SoccerBible: ‘Yeah, that shocked me as well.
‘Obviously it’s funny because he dropped, but I didn’t understand it, because I wasn’t even that close to him.
‘I think it was just because of how sharp it was, it might have just thrown him off. I was new to training so he might not have expected something like that.
‘Now he understands that the stop and start does come, he’s more aware.
‘But I feel that when you play against a new opponent they don’t know what’s coming, so they just get rattled [laughs].’
Sancho also appears unfazed by the prospect of becoming Manchester United’s new No.7 after taking the same number upon his arrival at Borussia Dortmund.
‘For me, I don’t really look at the numbers,’ said the winger.
‘A number is a number. I could make 99 a great number. It’s how you play on the pitch.
‘Obviously Ousmane Dembele had just left, so there was a big thing about the number seven shirt. But yeah, I just took it.’
Sancho is also undaunted by the prospect of becoming United’s club-record signing in a deal worth over £100 million.
‘I guess it’s a nice feeling to be worth so much, but again, I don’t really look at it that much,’ said Sancho.
‘For me it’s about doing well for my team and doing well for myself as well. When I have a s*** game I’m just down. I feel s*** about myself.
‘So I always like having a good game and showing people what I can do. I know what I can do, and if I play bad then I’m just pissed off with myself.
‘Next game I’ll try and improve on whatever I’ve done wrong.’