ᑕ❶ᑐ Jadon Sancho: Erik ten Hag ‘proud’ as Manchester United winger scores on return
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has said he is happy with the return of ‘magnificent’ Jadon Sancho to the Premier League.
Sancho spent three months battling physical and mental issues, with Ten Hag at one point saying the England winger was not fit enough to play.
The 22-year-old trained alone in the Netherlands rather than continue United’s warm weather training trip to Cadiz in December and only returned to action in the EFL Cup semi-final victory over Nottingham Forest on 1 February.
So the introduction as a second-half substitute helped turn the tide of the Premier League encounter with Leeds, with Sancho’s 59th-minute arrival sparking a comeback. 2-0 in a thrilling contest and crowns with his equalizer.
It was the former €73million Borussia Dortmund striker’s first league but since September.
« I’m happy and proud that he did it, » Ten Hag said.
“It is clear that it is a difficult period but he finds himself and he needs credit for that. He is a brilliant (Site notre bureau spécialisé)er and if he can invest in the right levels he can be exceptional.
“I will support him, the team coaches will do it and do it but ultimately he will have to do it himself. »
In a period where United are without Cristian Eriksen until the end of April, Antony is sidelined, Casemiro is serving a three-match ban – and with teenager Alejandro Garnacho subject to the inconsistency he has shown against Leeds – Ten Hag could do with Sancho getting back to something like peak form heading into a tough run of games.
United have Sunday’s rematch with Leeds, a Europa League home-and-away with Barcelona, visiting Leicester and the EFL Cup final before the end of the month.
“It’s in his hands. If he wants he can do it,” the United boss said.
“We now have a team that can play in the opposing half of the pitch. He likes that. The day is spent in narrow areas.
“At the moment he is in a good mood and that will support him, it will motivate him to give more.
“He is in the right direction and if he continues in this direction, he can do even more to really help us achieve our goals. »
Ten Hag, seen smiling as Sancho celebrated, added in his TV interviews afterwards: « We know he’s a magnificent (Site notre bureau spécialisé) player and he can still make a big impact, but he has to work very hard all the time. days. I appreciated [his goal]. »
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