Jadon Sancho’s start at Manchester United did not go quite as planned. He came to the club on the back of a £73 million move, with the disappointment of a penalty shootout defeat in the Euro 2020 final.

Illness delayed his start at United and he was overshadowed by the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo – which also might have taken some of the pressure off.

In recent weeks, Sancho has begun to hit form. Sparked with a strong performance and goal against Villarreal, Sancho followed this up with a strike away at Chelsea.

2022 is likely to be an even bigger year for Sancho. Here is a look at three reasons why he will take his form to a new level…

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Track record

Sancho started the season slowly at Dortmund last season before kicking on and ending it strongly.

The winger scored only two goals before January in the 2020/21 season and ended the campaign with 16.

Former teammate Mats Hummels told DW.com he attributed Sancho’s improvement to hard work behind the scenes and a determination to get better.

Sancho will be pushing himself to have a strong second half of the season at United and as he becomes more attuned to his teammates and the style of Premier League football, he will be able to fine-tune his game further.

Rangnick’s coaching

Sancho will benefit from the tactics and coaching of new interim boss Ralf Rangnick as the season goes on.

Rangnick is a big fan of Sancho, having previously tried to sign him for RB Leipzig. He has also been able to watch him at close quarters in Germany.

Sancho will be familiar with Rangnick’s tactics too and the winger is likely going to become a key figure as the season goes on.

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England desire

Sancho lost his place in the England squad for November after struggling for a starting spot late in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign.

The way he bounced back at the end of the month showed he wanted to prove a point.

Sancho will be determined to win back his spot for the March internationals, and then hold onto it.

The World Cup in 2022 is a great opportunity for Sancho and a tournament he will have dreamed about featuring in.

The winger will look to solidify his role in United’s starting XI and show England why he should not just be in the squad, but that he deserves to be a starter too.

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