Erik ten Hag will go “step by step” in reintroducing Jadon Sancho at Manchester United
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has outlined a “step by step” plan to reintroduce Jadon Sancho back into the team after a lengthy break.
The 22-year-old has not featured for the Red Devils since the 1-1 draw against Chelsea in the Premier League. Since then, the forward has had an individual training program in the Netherlands during the 2022 World Cup break. The Dutch manager also hinted at a mental aspect keeping the youngster on the sidelines.
Speaking to the media via Manchester Evening News, Ten Hag revealed that Sancho had returned to first-team training. However, the gaffer could not give a timeline for the forward’s return.
“I can’t answer that question. He is making the next step and because it is true, yesterday was the first time in the team training. But I think training was a final training before a game, so we will extend that in the coming days and weeks and then go step by step.”
The 22-year-old started the campaign on the front foot under Ten Hag. During pre-season, the forward seemed to have finally found his feet in Manchester after a disappointing first year.
Sancho continued his form into the initial fixture that United played. However, the youngster was unable to remain consistent and subsequently lost his place in the team.
The 22-year-old signed for the Red Devils in the summer of 2021 from Borussia Dortmund, where the England international developed into a quality player. At BVB, the forward shone for three seasons.
Unfortunately, Sancho has found life difficult at the Old Trafford side. He has been unable to make a considerable impact in a red shirt. As a result, the winger also missed out on a place in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the 2022 World Cup.
At United, while the 22-year-old has petered out as the season has gone by, other attackers have stepped up to the plate. Marcus Rashford has shouldered the goalscoring burden for the Red Devils in the current campaign and Alejandro Garnacho has burst onto the scene.
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However, at his best, Sancho can be unplayable. If Ten Hag is able to unlock the 22-year-old’s full potential, he could evidently play an important role for the rest of the season.