Jadon Sancho: Pre-season at Manchester United under Erik ten Hag has been positive and different
Manchester United forward Jadon Sancho has been impressed with the way pre-season has gone so far. The 22-year-old believes the team is taking in everything Erik ten Hag wants them to.
The Red Devils have had a good start with the friendlies. The first game was impressive as we thrashed Liverpool 4-0 in Thailand. The side has also been decent in the other three pre-season matches.
Sancho, who arrived from Borussia Dortmund last summer, reflects on the games United have played so far. Speaking after the Aston Villa game via Manchester Evening News, the 22-year-old has seen changes in the way the Red Devils have approached training as well as games.
“The training, especially in pre-season, has been a real positive and all the lads have taken on board what he’s saying.
“You can see it in the games, we’re creating a lot more chances, keeping the ball more and just making good things out of the style we’re playing.”
The changes have been evident at United in the way we’ve played the games thus far. There has been more intensity and pattern to our style. Ten Hag seems to have put emphasis on keeping hold of the ball.
The Dutch manager has been with the players throughout training sessions. The results have been evident from day one.
Sancho, who missed part of last year’s pre-season due to an ear infection, is happy to be a part of the camp under Ten Hag. The Dutch manager wants the player to build relationships off the pitch.
“This pre-season, we have the same players, but it just looks like a whole different team and I do think that’s something we’re working on and I feel like we’re getting better. The manager is big on team-bonding and having fun together and doing things like team dinners and things like that. So, yeah, it’s helping.”
The former Dortmund forward initially arrived to great fanfare. But Sancho’s first season in Manchester hasn’t been something to rave about. However, the England international did find his feet in the latter part of the season.
Fans will hope that with a change in manager and an entire training camp, the 22-year-old is able to get back to his former self. Sancho’s ability on the ball and creativity in the final third needs to shine next season.
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Ten Hag has the pedigree of playing modern attacking football. The Dutchman has cultivated the reputation of being one of the best managers in the world over the years. United fans are excited to see him hopefully change the fortunes at Old Trafford.