Ten Hag sends message to Sancho after victory

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Jadon Sancho made his first Manchester United appearance since October during the 2-0 victory over Nottingham Forest on Wednesday night.

Manchester United winger Jadon Sancho was ‘not in the right status or fitness state’ having done an individual fitness programme in the Netherlands rather than travel to the squad’s winter camp to Spain.

He returned to huge cheers from the Old Trafford crowd and manager Erik ten Hag is looking forward to getting the 22-year-old back to his best.

“Most important players (have to) enjoy football, which gives energy, that gives them the motivation to act and to perform,” the Dutchman said.

“I think it was great, the reception from the fans to him, and also that will give him even more a push to continue in the way he’s now acting, he’s just started again, the restart he’s back at Carrington for two weeks, we see that smile and hopefully he can keep that and contribute to the team.

“He already showed his quality this season for instance, the game against Liverpool, a great goal, scored against Leicester, he had some really good games, Spurs, he already showed his great capabilities.

“I hope when you are available all the time and play often together with the players we have now in the midfield and front line, our attacking play will improve and create more chances, then it’s a process players enjoy more and better motivated to work together.”

The former Dortmund player replaced Antony in the 2-0 victory over Nottingham Forest in the Carabao cup semi final and played in an unsual position in the game.

“With Jadon, I know he can play as a no.10 as well, he can play as a winger, he can play as a no.10,” Ten Hag added. But I think we mix it around often and that is what I like. But the position has to be occupied, it is about that. And players have to keep the discipline to do that, otherwise it is going to be a mess.”


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