Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag says “magnificent” Jadon Sancho is “on the way in which again” after he scored on his Premier League return, however insists his future is “in his personal fingers”.
Sancho got here off the bench to attain his first Premier League aim since September and rescue a 2-2 house draw in opposition to Leeds on Wednesday night time.
The 22-year-old has solely simply returned to Ten Hag’s aspect after recovering from bodily and psychological points that noticed him full a person health programme within the Netherlands fairly than journey to the squad’s winter camp in Spain.
Sancho adopted up his first look since October in final week’s Carabao Cup win over Nottingham Forest with a significant Seventieth-minute equaliser in opposition to Leeds within the Premier League.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Ten Hag mentioned of Sancho’s aim: “I’m very completely happy. He’s on the way in which again. We know he’s a powerful soccer participant.
“He can undoubtedly for our crew be a huge impact. Tonight he had, however we all know he could be a constant affect. He has to work very arduous, all of us do, and on this second he’s in an excellent temper.
“I feel it is going to strengthen him, encourage him to even give extra, then you definately’ll get extra. It’s an excellent footballer, and that second aim I actually loved it, and particularly for him.”
Asked within the post-match press convention what the England worldwide must do to verify he doesn’t go backwards, Ten Hag replied: “I feel it is in his personal fingers. So if he needs, he can do [it] and this crew is nice to play in and will provide you with pleasure.
“I actually take pleasure in seeing him taking part in the way in which he did, with a lot confidence, a lot perception, actually direct. It was nice to see him play on this assault.”
Sancho, who joined United in July 2021 for £73m from Borussia Dortmund, has now scored three objectives in 11 Premier League appearances this season, equalling his aim tally from the 2021-22 marketing campaign (3 in 29 video games).
“He’s in the correct route and I hope he can preserve this momentum going,” Ten Hag added. “I’m positive it’s going to strengthen him and encourage him to do much more.
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“As you see, he is an excellent footballer and if he invests and he’s in the correct ranges then he can carry out outstandingly.
“I feel we now have a crew that may dictate video games extra within the opponent’s half – he likes that. He can play in tight areas and he could make the distinction. The second aim reveals it but additionally when he got here on final week we noticed that as properly.”
Asked about Sancho’s time away from the primary crew, Ten Hag responded: “It was a troublesome interval however he battle himself out [it]. He wants credit score for that and I’m happy, I’m proud he did it.
“I’ll again him, the coaches are backing him, the crew is backing him and supporting him on this course of. But lastly he has to do it by himself.
“You can see when he is in an excellent degree he’s an excellent soccer participant, he is good. He could make the distinction and I hope he can keep on this temper and contribute to this crew and rating a whole lot of objectives and create possibilities and assists.”