Man. Utd manager says Jadon Sancho’s return is ‘in his own hands’ after scoring an equalizer against Leeds

February 9, 2023

Manchester United manager, Erik ten Hag, claims the “brilliant” Jadon Sancho is “on the way back” after scoring on his comeback to the Premier League but stresses that his destiny is “in his own hands.”


On Wednesday night, Sancho scored his first Premier League goal since September after coming off the bench to help his team win 2-2 at home against Leeds.


The 22-year-old recently joined Ten Hag’s team after overcoming the physical and emotional ailments that prevented him from leaving the Netherlands for the team’s winter training camp in Spain.


Sancho followed up his first show since October in last week’s Carabao Cup triumph over Nottingham Forest with a key 70th-minute equalizer against Leeds in the Premier League.


Ten Hag expressed his happiness at Sancho’s goal in an interview with Sky Sports, saying, “I’m incredibly thrilled. He’s on the way back. We know he is a brilliant football player.


“He will undoubtedly have a significant impact on our team. Although he had a good time tonight, we are aware of his potential for consistency. He has to work hard, as we all do, and he is in a good mood now.”


“It’s a wonderful footballer, and that second goal, I appreciated it, especially for him,” the commentator said. “I think it will strengthen him, push him to offer more; then you’ll receive more.”


When the England international was asked in the post-game news conference what he should do to ensure he does not regress, Ten Hag responded: “I believe he has the power to make the decision; if he so chooses, he can, and playing for this team will be fun for him.


“I truly enjoyed watching him play with such assurance, conviction, and a straightforward style. Seeing him participate in this attack was fantastic.”


Sancho, who cost £73 million when he transferred from Borussia Dortmund to United in July 2021, has now netted three goals in 11 Premier League appearances this season, tying his total from the 2021–22 season (3 in 29 games).


Ten Hag continued, “He’s moving in the right direction, and I hope he can maintain this momentum. “I’m confident it’ll help him grow and inspire him to work harder.


“As you can see, he is an excellent football player who can perform admirably provided he makes the necessary investments and is at the proper levels.


The second goal demonstrates it, but we also saw that when he came on last week. “I think we now have a team that can dominate games more in the opponent’s half – he likes that. He can play in tight spaces and make the difference.”


When asked about Sancho’s absence from the starting lineup, Ten Hag replied: “He deserves credit for pushing himself through a challenging moment, and I’m happy and glad he did.


“He has my support, the support of the coaches, the squad, and himself throughout this process. But in the end, he must handle it alone.


“I hope he can continue in this mood and contribute to this squad and score many goals and create chances and assists,” said the coach. “You can see when he’s at a good level he is an incredible football player, he’s brilliant.”

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