Jadon Sancho impressed in his eight-minute cameo against Atalanta and should be rewarded with a start against Manchester City.

After back-to-back Premier League appearances which brought no game time, Sancho was sent on in Bergamo alongside Donny van de Beek, tasked with helping his Manchester United team rescue a crucial Champions League point.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning volley and second goal of the game in injury time, ensured United stayed top of Group F with two games remaining.

But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was impressed with the impact both Sancho and van de Beek made against the Italians.

Solskjaer has big decisions to make

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RONALDO NEEDS TO STOP WHINING.

With Raphael Varane out for a month following the hamstring injury he suffered at the Gewiss Stadium and Victor Lindelof nursing a knock.

Solskjaer may have no choice but to stick with Eric Bailly and Harry Maguire as a centre back duo for Saturday’s clash against Pep Guardiola’s City.

The Norwegian replaced the World Cup winner with Mason Greenwood on Tuesday which meant United went back to their usual 4-2-3-1 formation.

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Greenwood played a crucial role in both goals and his influence on the game could see him earn a recall for the derby.

Marcus Rashford had a difficult evening against Gian Piero Gasperini’s side and Solskjaer will have some big decisions to make ahead of naming his starting eleven on Saturday.

If Lindelof is fit, then Solskjaer will probably stick to the 3-4-1-2 and bring Edinson Cavani back in to play alongside Ronaldo after their devastating performance together at Tottenham.

Jadon Sancho should start against former club

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Having left Manchester City in 2017 to join Borussia Dortmund, Sancho is yet to face his former club.

He missed both legs of last season’s Champions League quarter-final clash between the two sides due to injury.

The 21-year-old will be desperate to impress against Guardiola and his former team mates.

Although the £73m (BBC Sport) has had a difficult start to life at United, starting him in the derby and having that added motivation of playing against his old team, could prove a masterstroke by Solskjaer.

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As well as wanting to prove a point to Solskjaer and his former club, Sancho will also want to show Gareth Southgate, why he was wrong to drop him from the England squad.

Sancho has yet to be on the pitch at the same time as Rashford so far this season.

It may be a tad harsh on Greenwood, but having Sancho, Rashford and Bruno Fernandes alongside Ronaldo could be United’s formidable four.

Playing against City means that players have to put in an incredible amount of work out of possession and if he did play on the wings, Sancho would be tasked with tracking either Kyle Walker or Joao Cancelo, two full-backs who love bombing forward.

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Sancho looked sharp against Atalanta and looked like a man eager to make an impression.

Solskjaer should reward the England international’s lively display by unleashing him against his former club at lunch time on Saturday.

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