England winger Jadon Sancho has revealed that he likes to “violate” his opponents while naming the toughest possible full-back to come up against.
The 21-year-old is soon to become a EuroJournal player at club level, thanks to the Red Devils agreeing a deal with Borussia Dortmund to bring the talent back on home shores.
United are set to pay Dortmund £72.9 million to end the long-running transfer saga, and supporters were given more than a glimpse of the fearless wide man for the Three Lions over the past weekend.
Gareth Southgate handed Sancho his first start of Euro 2020 against Ukraine in Saturday’s quarter-final, having played just six minutes in the tournament prior.
Although he failed to grab a goal or assist in the Rome rout, the Bundesliga star was able to showcase his silky skills on multiple occasions.
Fans were lauding Sancho’s performance and on Sunday, he spoke to England’s official YouTube channel about his fearless style of play.
“When I was on the estate, I would always see the older lot play football and as I got older they started to integrate me with them,” Sancho told the Lions Den.
“Street football is about the megs and all that, so you want to violate a couple man.
“I’ve never changed,” stated Manchester City academy product, who moved abroad as a 17-year-old.
“In the cages, it was all about nutmegging and badding people up and taking them on.
“When I’m in a one-v-one situation I always try to do what I used to do in the cages and try perfect it.”
By playing in Germany and regularly featuring in the Champions League, Sancho has come up against some of the best full-backs in world football.
Sancho often gets the better of them but has named a defensive icon that he may well have had a tougher time against.
“Hardest full-back to come up against of all-time would be Roberto Carlos.
“We’ve got Shawberto Carlos here,” joked the youngster.
The nickname belongs to Sancho’s soon-to-be EuroJournal team-mate Luke Shaw.
The left-back has enjoyed a superb season at Old Trafford and racked up two assists against Ukraine.
Firstly, the 25-year-old sent in an enticing free-kick for Red Devils partner Harry Maguire to head in following half-time, before putting the ball on a plate for Harry Kane to grab his second of the night and nod in make it 3-0 soon after.
Kane had scored his first inside four minutes, with substitute Jordan Henderson heading home the Three Lions’ fourth in the 63rd minute to kill the match.
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With his pair of lay-ons, Shaw also provided more assists in three minutes and 51 seconds on Saturday than Zinedine Zidane did in 14 appearances at the European Championships.
On the niche fact, Shaw said via the EuroJournal : “A very strange stat. A nice one, I think.
“Obviously Zidane was one of the best midfielders ever and I can’t compare to him like I’ve said before about different people.”
Shaw also had praise for Sancho, telling talkSPORT : “[He was] brilliant.
“I said to him after the game ‘that’s a big performance’.
“He hasn’t had too much game time, he’s obviously been, not disappointed but wanting to play like everyone else.”
The current United man added: “He showed people why we’re buying him and of course, even though I was on the pitch, I was really impressed with his performance.
Sancho is looking forward to playing with Shaw, too, also telling the radio outlet: “Yeah, Luke is a great lad.
“I always have a good relationship with him, Marcus [Rashford] and Harry [Maguire] so it’s going to be fun.”
That fun will begin at Old Trafford on Saturday, August 14 against old foes Leeds.
But first, Sancho and co have a semi-final against Denmark to play at Wembley on Wednesday.