Ferdinand believes it’s ‘a matter of time’ before Man Utd star shows why he’s a £73million player

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Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand is confident it is ‘a matter of time’ before Jadon Sancho shows the form that persuaded Manchester United to pay £73million for him.

Sancho has lost his place in the United starting XI and also in England after struggling to make an impact since his move from Borussia Dortmund.

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

“He is, I reckon, the most decisive footballer we’ve ever 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, they should be especially soaking this up. Even these first 11 goals [from Ronaldo] which they’ve seen, that would be enough [to teach them].

“There’s no doubting Jadon’s ability, no doubting his desire. That’s all there. But sometimes when you go to a football club you need all the other bits of the jigsaw to fit in. And at the moment they aren’t fitting in to their perfect places. I think that will come, I think that will be a matter of time.

“Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic are the examples that he needs to lean on and be shown.

“There are loads of players that came into United and didn’t [perform straight away]. Patrice and Nemanja are two great examples from my generation.”