Borussia Dortmund manager Lucien Favre has blamed Manchester United’s failed pursuit of Jadon Sancho as the reason for the player’s slow start to the new season.
The Englishman was strongly tipped to join the club in a British record £108million move, but Dortmund stood firm on their transfer demands and a deal failed to materialize.
Favre believes the failed move has disrupted the player’s head, but believes the winger will bounce back to his true best.
Favre said: “Every player has slow periods.
“There was a lot of talk about Jadon in the summer, something like that can also have an influence.
“But no player is consistently in top form for a year, that’s impossible. You have to accept that.”
Earlier this month, Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke explained the reason for United’s failed Sancho move .
He explained: “[They] misjudged the situation. We would be more willing to compromise.
“We had a clear line and will continue to do so next summer.
“In this industry, you can never say that a player is completely unsellable.
“I heard and read everywhere in the spring that Sancho was gone. But he’s here.
“We had an agreement with him and it didn’t look like that.”