Our no.25 endured a frustrating start to his United career after an ear infection derailed his pre-season this time last year.
But after a restful summer break, Jadon has returned to training feeling “a lot more comfortable” and with the confidence boost of a couple of goals already on Tour 2022, amid some excellent performances under Ten Hag.
We sat down with the 22-year-old in Perth to reflect on the preparations for the new campaign so far, how it’s been working with Erik and the importance of getting into the winning habit as quickly as possible…
It’s your second year here now, you must feel very settled on and off the pitch and what learnings do you take into this upcoming season?
“It’s my second year now, setting into the team, knowing how players play and I’m excited for the upcoming season, with a new manager and how he wants us to play, and I think it will be good for myself. The training , especially in pre-season, has been a real positive and all the lads have taken on board what he’s saying; you can see it in the games, we’re creating a lot more chances, keeping the ball more and just making good things out of the style we’re playing.”
You’ve had a great pre-season so far with some goals – how much of a benefit will that be for you going into the new campaign?
“Well, this is my first pre-season with United because, last year, I had an infection in my ear so I couldn’t do the whole pre-season with the team which was a bit annoying at the time and [meant] a lack of fitness and understanding of how the players play. But now, this season, I feel a lot more comfortable and, especially scoring in pre-season, it is a confidence boost for myself and, hopefully, I can take that into the season and keep it going.”