Jadon Sancho finally got off the mark for Manchester United in Tuesday’s 2-0 win over Villarreal.

It was arguably his best performance in a red shirt and getting that first goal should do his confidence the world of good.

Speaking to the press ahead of United’s trip to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea, United caretaker manager Michael Carrick lavished praise on Sancho.

He was asked about the England international more than once at his pre-match press conference.

Villarreal CF v Manchester United: Group F - UEFA Champions League
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“He’s a terrific player, Jadon. He’s never happier than when the ball’s at his feet, he’s trying to create things, going at defenders, linking inside with forwards, creating chances and scoring goals,” said Carrick.

“I’ve seen that in training and games already. The biggest thing for me the other night was the other side of his game; his attitude, work-rate and mentality. He put a whole performance together and I was really pleased for him.

“It’s not always easy to just step into this club and perform, especially as a younger player. He’s got a massive future ahead of him if keeps doing the right things, looks after himself and has the right attitude.

“Who’s to say how far he can go? Hopefully he fulfills every little bit of potential that he has. The potential he’s got is massive, if he keeps doing the right things and keeps on the right track, then he’s got a great chance.

Villarreal CF v Manchester United: Group F - UEFA Champions League
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“Of course we believe in him. I’m not surprised by what he did the other night.

“I’ve seen it in training in recent weeks, that spring in his step coming back, in the body language, his personality, there’s a little spark there and hopefully that spark keeps getting bigger and he keeps improving.”

It has not been an easy start to life at United for Sancho, 21, coming in late after the Euros, with an ear infection and then coming into a struggling side.

It appears his confidence is coming back and now he needs a run in the team to keep that going.

Ralf Rangnick, with his knowledge of German football and emphasis on the kind of football Sancho was playing at Borussia Dortmund, should also help the Englishman continue to flourish.

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