“Ten Hag Rejoices as Sancho Scores After Hard Work for Man Utd Return”
ERIK TEN HAG claims “magnificent” match-saver Jadon Sancho has already made it “all the way back” for Manchester United.
Marcus Rashford and then Sancho netted to rescue a 2-2 comeback draw at home to managerless Leeds in the Premier League.
Man Utd sub Jadon Sancho celebrates his equaliser on his return to Prem action and now hopes to start in the reverse clash with Leeds on SundayCredit: AP
Ten Hag was rewarded for bringing on Sancho as he looked for a ‘different dynamic’ in the 2-2 draw with Leeds at Old TraffordCredit: Reuters
And the usually-dour Dutchman was so impressed with Sancho’s goal that he even afforded himself a smile.
The clash with Leeds was Sancho’s second game back from the bench as Ten Hag eases him in four months after injury and psychological issues took him out of the fold.
United boss Ten Hag brought on the England winger just before the hour, with the Red Devils trailing to Wilfried Gnonto’s sharp first-minute strike and an own goal from Raphael Varane.
The Dutchman said: “I wanted a different dynamic. In that moment we weren’t in the game.
“Luckily it succeeded because we scored two goals. Very happy. He’s all the way back.
“We know he’s a magnificent player. I think consistently he can have a big impact.
“But he has to work hard. It will motivate him to get more. I really enjoyed it, especially for him. It will strengthen him.
“He is in the right direction and if he keeps going with that process he can do even more to really help us to achieve our goals.”
The draw leaves United third, two points behind neighbours City, and lifted Leeds one point above the drop zone.
The two sides now face what Ten Hag believes is a must-win reverse Prem fixture on Sunday at Elland Road.
He told BBC’s Match of the Day: “Of course it will encourage us for when we play the second game in a couple of days that if we play our game, we can beat them.
“We have to beat them. But you need composure all the time.
“In the last 20 minutes when it was 2-2 we created so many chances but the finishing was not always that good. We have to be more clinical.”
Old Trafford boss Ten Hag looked confident even when he brought on Sancho at 2-0 down against fierce rivals LeedsCredit: PA
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