Sancho the star as Man Utd win three in a row

03 Sep 2022 | 08:54 | Football

Jadon Sancho helped Manchester United to a 1-0 win over Leicester on Thursday as the England forward showed he still had a role to play despite the signing of Brazilian winger Antony.

Sancho scored with a shot from close range in the first half to seal United’s third consecutive Premier League win.

It’s a well-timed contribution from Sancho, coming just hours after United officially confirmed their £82 million ($94 million) bid for Ajax’s Antony.

United manager Erik ten Hag worked with Antony in Amsterdam and the 22-year-old looks set to be a regular in the right-wing position currently occupied by Sancho.

Sancho did his best to remind Ten Hag of his qualities with his second goal of the season.

United moved up to fifth and just one point behind the top four as Ten Hag began to make an impact after a nightmarish start to his reign.

Defeated by Brighton and Brentford in the first two games of the Ten Hag era, United climbed to the bottom of the table without looking completely convinced.

But Ten Hag was pleased with his team’s latest display of spirit and determination, qualities he demanded after the 4-0 loss to Brentford.

Ten Hag said: “It’s another step forward so I’m happy.

“When we have 11 players on the pitch who can defend and attack together, and we have the energy, you see what you can achieve.

“However, there are still improvements to be made but that is normal at this stage of the season. With better decisions we should have scored the second goal. We had to be ruthless. than.”

United were unchanged from the side that beat Southampton 1-0 last weekend, meaning Cristiano Ronaldo was reduced to a second-half substitute for the third game in a row.

Ronaldo had hoped to leave United before the transfer window closes on Thursday, but the Portuguese star has been unable to find a suitor willing to meet the club’s asking price and possibly invite him. kick the Champions League.

Ten Hag says he is “of the same opinion” as the 37-year-old striker about his role, but Antony’s arrival could further limit Ronaldo’s playing time.

The Brazilian failed to register in time for the game against the Foxes, leaving Sancho, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Elanga to form United’s attacking trio.

“We need a good squad and we need the numbers. There are a lot of games to solve. Once we have Cristiano and Casemiro back, things will get better,” said Ten Hag.

“We’ll see with Anthony after training whether he’s ready for Sunday (against Arsenal).”

– Sancho gives his point –
In the 23rd minute, Bruno Fernandes and Rashford worked together to open the scoring for Leicester and Sancho had a touch of the ball around Leicester goalkeeper Danny Ward before finishing.

Leicester are bottom of the table after taking a point from their first five games, their worst start since 1994.

Foxes coach Brendan Rodgers has complained about the atmosphere of uncertainty created by players wanting to leave.

One of those unsettled stars, French defender Wesley Fofana, joined Chelsea just before the transfer window closed.

Youri Tielemans’ immediate future has also been settled as the Leicester midfielder, linked with Arsenal and Newcastle, is included in Rodgers’ starting line-up.

“It’s a bad start, that’s the reality for us,” Rodgers said.

“We’re not going to hide. Closing the window will hopefully bring that focus and mentality back into one. We just lack quality and we can’t do anything about that in the window.” .”

Leicester struggled to equalize but Harvey Barnes closed in and James Maddison’s free-kick forced David De Gea to make a superb one-handed save.