Sancho shows further encouragement with lively cameo against Everton
Jadon Sancho impressed off the bench against Everton and showed further signs of encouragement in how we will add a further dimension to Manchester United’s attack.
If it wasn’t for Anthony Martial’s injury, Sancho probably wouldn’t have been introduced into the game as early as he was which was the 57th minute.
But the £73m signing (BBC Sport) came on alongside Cristiano Ronaldo at a time when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were leading thanks to a Martial strike.
However, United failed to hold onto the win and had VAR to thank for ruling out a Yerry Mina strike in the latter stages.
Despite only playing 33 minutes, no player created more chances than Sancho (2) in the game (WhoScored).
From the moment he was on the pitch, Andros Townsend was working doubly as hard and breaking his neck to help Ben Godfrey because they knew the threat Sancho posed.
Godfrey got as close as he could to Sancho at every opportunity, and for the majority that proved to be a fruitful approach.
But there was one occasion when Sancho skipped past Godfrey, passed to Paul Pogba, who then sent a curling effort just wide.
But what was more pleasing to witness was the developing signs of an understanding building with Cristiano Ronaldo.
Sancho’s effort on goal came from a fast break and a neat back heel from Ronaldo.
When Sancho darted inside Godfrey, Ronaldo made the type of movement that Erling Haaland made during Sancho’s time at Dortmund.
Ronaldo’s effort may have gone wide but it was a significant moment in the Sancho and 36-year-old’s burgeoning partnership.
Every time Sancho got on the ball his first thought was to get at the Everton defence. His pace and direct running forces defenders to commit and at one stage that opened up space for Bruno Fernandes to fire across a teasing cross across the face of goal.
The 21-year-old drifted off the flank and was willing to take the ball on the half turn from Scott McTominay before being clattered by Mina.
This was Sancho’s most impressive performance since joining United and if he continues to establish an understanding with Ronaldo, and his other teammates, then United’s forward line could click into gear very quickly after the international break.