Jadon Sancho.

Rangnick's challenge to Sancho

Saturday 12 February 2022 07:00

Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has been having chats with Jadon Sancho as he looks to get the best out of the England winger.

The 21-year-old was our Man of the Match in the 1-1 draw at Burnley and is starting to show the sort of form that brought so many goals and assists during his time with Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga.

There is much more to come from the Londoner, in the view of his boss, hopefully starting with another exciting performance against Southampton in Saturday's lunchtime kick-off.

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“He did [irmprove], but this was necessary,” Rangnick told club media's Stewart Gardner. “We had quite a few conversations just between Jadon and myself.

“The same with Marcus [Rashford]. I also think Marcus played quite well at Burnley, in the first half. As I've said, I’ve known Jadon for four or five years now. When he was 17, I was trying to lure him to Leipzig and yeah, this is the kind of performance that we need, that he should play regularly on a permanent basis.

“Also for him, he can still get better and improve his performances but, so far, in the last weeks, there was a development in a positive way. He’s in good shape right now and it’s about making sure he can play on this kind of level continuously.”

The on-field relationship and combination work between the wingers and full-backs is very important to the style that the German wants to play.

These link-ups were in evidence during the game at Turf Moor but the interim manager wants to see more of them down the right flank.

“Very important, both defensively and offensively,” declared the boss. “We had quite a few moments offensively with underlap or overlap situations. Also the goal that we scored was exactly that kind of situation with an underlap from Luke Shaw and a perfectly played ball to Paul Pogba.

“Yes, it’s important: on the left side, I agree this happened in the last couple of games between Luke [Shaw] and Jadon. Now we have to make sure this happens on the right side.”