Jadon Sancho produced his best performance in a Manchester United shirt against Villarreal, which was rounded off with his first goal for the club.
Starting on the right-hand side, the England international looked positive in possession and eager to get his side on the front foot.
Every time he got on the ball his first thought was forwards and he skipped past Pervis Estupinan on multiple occasions with his quick feet and mazy dribbling skills.
The former Borussia Dortmund man had a great chance to open the scoring at the El Madrigal, after linking up with Bruno Fernandes, but his effort was saved by Geronimo Rulli.
After Cristiano Ronaldo gave us the lead with a sumptuous lob, Unai Emery’s side had no choice but to become more adventurous.
This allowed the likes of Marcus Rashford and Sancho to use their pace to devastating effect on the counter attack.
Following more good work from Fred whose pressing was integral to Ronaldo’s opener, Fernandes played in Sancho, but this time round United’s number 25 slammed the ball home off the bar, giving Rulli no chance.
Sancho was delighted to score his first goal for his new club and hopefully that strike proves to be springboard to ignite his Manchester United career.
After the game and with qualification for the Champions League last-16 assured, Sancho sent a message to the United fans on Instagram.
With big back-to-back games to come against Chelsea and Arsenal, having a confident and thriving Sancho to call upon makes our forward line that much more formidable.
Sancho’s interplay and understanding with the likes of Donny van de Beek, Fernandes and Ronaldo looks to be clicking.
And if he can somehow conjure up a fruitful partnership with Aaron Wan-Bissaka, United’s right-hand side could quickly become a key weapon for us.
There was always going to be huge pressure to live up to his £73m price tag (BBC Sport), but now Sancho is off the mark, he could kick on and become the difference maker this team so desperately craves.
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