A night under the lights at Old Trafford for a cup tie. It seemed like the perfect scenario for Jadon Sancho to get his Manchester United career up and running.
Sancho got 90 minutes under his belt to further his United career, but the result was not what he wanted.
United were beaten 1-0 despite attempting 27 shots at goal. United played well after conceding early. Sancho was among the players who came out of the game with credit.
Sancho started the game on the left, drifted over to the right, and by the end was filling in at left-back for the final couple of minutes.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer cannot fault his effort. Sancho worked hard and he will be better for this performance.
More shots than any player on the pitch
Sancho attempted five shots at goal, more than any player on the pitch. He tried hard to make things happen.
One of the more spectacular efforts was a right footed volley which went over the bar in the second half.
This was the problem for Sancho. From his five shots on goal, none hit the target.
Quite clearly he will be disappointed with this, but at least he was getting in positions to shoot and giving it a go.
Created three chances
Sancho was lively and managed to create three goalscoring chances. This was the joint highest of any player on the pitch.
Just like his own finishing needed to be better, Sancho needed his teammates to be more clinical with the chances he presented.
The young winger was lively when he got the ball and this kind of performance will encourage him and his manager that better is to come.
If anything it seems Sancho is trying a little too hard at times. It will happen for him, and when that first goal comes in, more should quickly follow.
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