‘He’s doing really well’ – Erik ten Hag hints Jadon Sancho could return to his starting XI after bright cameo
Posted by  badge Boss on Oct 14, 2022 - 12:47PM
Sancho came off the bench to provide the assist for the winner (Picture: Getty)

Erik ten Hag has suggested could return to his starting XI following his bright cameo against Omonia on Thursday night.

United had 34 chances on goal against the Cypriot champions but needed an injury time winner from substitute Scott McTominay get the winner that keeps their hopes of topping their group alive.

Sancho was also called from the bench, skilfully finding the room to find McTominay in the box for the game’s only goal.

The former Borussia Dortmund star was replaced at half-time in the reverse fixture last week and was subsequently dropped to the bench for Sunday’s Premier League clash with .

United take on Newcastle United, Tottenham and Chelsea all in the space of six days beginning on Sunday.

Sancho is likely to have a role to play with ten Hag hailing the winger’s ability to ‘surprise’ defences and promising link-up with Luke Shaw, who was also brought on off the bench on Thursday.

‘We have so many games to cover and we have five or six qualified offensive players,’ Sancho said.

ten Hag’s changes paid off at Old Trafford on Thursday (Picture: Getty)

‘We can rotate it. But also think about bringing in variations to surprise.

‘That is what you get, for instance, with Jadon. I think only the game against Everton he didn’t come on, but all the other games he had play time, a lot of starts.

‘I think he’s doing really well. Of course one performance is better than another one, that’s clear, but you see today he had an impact. Good dribbles, good combinations with Luke Shaw and he was involved with scoring the goal.’

Ten Hag went onto stress the importance for players like Sancho and Antony on the other wing to be presented with combinations when trying to pick through defences.

‘I think almost everyone needs it. Nowadays, football is not that way that when you beat one, the pitch is open. You need an overload around the ball, so they have options.”

‘Especially creative players like Jadon [Sancho] and Antony, they can beat players in a one-on-one, but it gets simple for them when they have options to play around. We want to create overloads in wide areas so they can do that.’


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