Despite the managerial dilemma the club currently find themselves in, Manchester United secured qualification for the knock-out stages of the Champions League. The inevitable Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring after he bagged his 799th career goal, with Jadon Sancho finally scoring his first goal for United.
Sancho has come under criticism for his underwhelming start at Old Trafford, but there is no denying his incredible talent which was the reason why he was regarded as one of the hottest young prospects in European football. The brilliantly-taken goal on Tuesday will certainly give him some much-needed confidence that will have done great for the youngster.
In MEN ’s latest Facebook Live, United on my Mind duo of Omar Garrick and Mike Parrott discussed the fall-out of United’s 2-0 win away to Villarreal, including the stellar performance from United’s £73 million man.
OG : “Sancho in particular had a really good game, I thought he was probably United’s brightest player. He was taking on players, running in between the channels and finding space. He was coming more inside and one problem the new manager has to eradicate is the right-back situation.
“Although (Aaron) Wan-Bissaka didn’t have a bad game, he doesn’t make enough overlapping runs and with Sancho, what we saw at Dortmund was his relationship with Achraf Hakimi when they were playing together Sancho relied on the overlapping runs to allow him the option to create space. That may be a problem United will need to solve.
MP : “It was definitely his best game up until now. I think in the Villarreal game and a bit in the Watford we are finally seeing Sancho where he should be playing. We’ve all been advocating for him to play the right and it’s good to see him finally playing there.
“He’s bringing something United haven’t had in over a decade, in regards to the right side. So I am really happy to see Sancho doing as well as he is. He’s just going to get better and better as the games go by. Really good to break that duck and to finally get on the scoresheet.
“He has really deserved it and shows we have a right-winger here who we all expected to be United’s right-winger for years to come. He’s finally getting that game time and it’s really exciting to see what he will be like going forward under the new manager.
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“I’m really excited about Sancho and it was certainly his best game for the club up until now.”
OG : “With that right-hand-side, Mason Greenwood was playing there at the start of the season. Sancho is showing that he’s growing in confidence and he’s going to be hard to drop if he continues.”
MP: “I definitely think Sancho should be starting going forward on the right. Obviously, we can have a rotation but he should be starting from now on as the nailed-on right-winger. Greenwood needs to stake his claim, play on the left occasionally or hopefully the new manager will risk it and drop (Cristiano) Ronaldo a few times.
“He should be considering he is 36, he needs a rest occasionally especially in the December run-in, but in regards to Sancho he should be the right-winger.”
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