Man United boss Erik ten Hag tells Jadon Sancho to show ‘much more improvement’

Erik ten Hag tells Jadon Sancho to show “much more improvement” after his promising start to the season… as the Man United boss reveals he has “specific” plans for the striker following his England snub.

  • Jadon Sancho scored his third goal of the campaign in the 2-0 win over Sheriff
  • The 22-year-old forward has impressed under Erik ten Hag so far this season
  • Ten Hag said Sancho had great potential but could be even better at the club

Erik ten Hag has challenged Jadon Sancho to show “much more improvement” as the Manchester United boss revealed he has “specific” plans for the in-form forward during the upcoming international break.

Sancho has made a promising start to the season under Ten Hag, scoring his third goal of the campaign in United’s 2-0 win over Sheriff Tiraspol in the Europa League on Thursday.

But the 22-year-old’s form has not been enough to earn a recall in Gareth Southgate’s England squad, with his omission raising eyebrows over the game.

Jadon Sancho continued his strong start to the season by scoring in the win over FC Sheriff

Erik ten Hag believes Sancho has the potential to show

Erik ten Hag believes Sancho has the potential to show “much more improvement” at United

After the win in Moldova, Ten Hag said Sancho could be even better and believes the international break will be beneficial for the winger after his England snub.

United’s game against Sheriff was the last until the Manchester derby on October 2 after their home clash with Leeds, scheduled for this weekend, was postponed.

“I’m very pleased [for Jadon Sancho],” said the Dutchman. “Another goal… he’s doing well but I think there’s a lot more room for improvement for him because he’s got so many skills.

– We will fill the period very well. We can go specific. It can be beneficial to continue the season.

“We know that after this break there will be a game every three days.”

Jadon Sancho dedicated his goal against Sheriff Tiraspol to a young fan who gave him a special pair of personal shin guards

Jadon Sancho dedicated his goal against Sheriff Tiraspol to a young fan who gave him a special pair of personal shin guards

Sancho joined United from Borussia Dortmund in a deal worth £73m last summer. He endured a mixed debut campaign for the club in a season in which they finished with their lowest ever Premier League points total and failed to qualify for the Champions League.

But the England winger has been one of the standout performers in the early stages of this season, scoring a well-taken goal in the 2-1 win over Liverpool and the winner against Leicester before netting in Moldova on Thursday.

Sancho has refused to give up a place in England’s squad for the World Cup despite being left out of the final selection before the tournament in Qatar.

Sancho has refused to give up on securing a place in England's World Cup squad

Sancho has refused to give up on securing a place in England’s World Cup squad

“Yes, 100 percent, that’s one of the goals,” he said. “It’s unfortunate that I didn’t get the call-up, but I’ve just got to keep focusing on myself and keep working hard, week in and week out, that’s what I’m going to do.”

Sancho also opened up on the reasons for his shin-pad celebration after his goal against Sheriff.

“Yeah, a little boy gave me some shin guards and asked me to wear them,” he said. ‘I said “Yeah, no problem” and there was a little gesture from me when I scored, showing him I was wearing the shin pads he gave me.’

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