Jadon Sancho thinks Manchester United look like a “whole different team” under new manager Erik ten Hag ahead of the upcoming Premier League season. Manchester United’s new manager Erik ten Hag is hoping to lead the team back into the top four and to a trophy this upcoming season after they placed sixth in the Premier League last year.
Under former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and temporary manager Ralf Rangnick, United had a disastrous season in which they finished sixth in the league and missed out on Champions League football. They also went five years without taking home a trophy.
Ten Hag, who began working as Rangnick’s replacement earlier this summer, is having a strong preseason. They have won easily against Crystal Palace, Melbourne Victory, and Liverpool. On Saturday, they play Aston Villa in Perth.
Jadon Sancho told United’s website, “We have the same guys this pre-season, but it just seems like a whole different team. I do think that’s something we’re working on, and I feel like we’re getting better.” “The manager places a lot of importance on team building, having fun as a group, and engaging in activities like team dinners. So, yes, it is beneficial.”
The England international stated, “The training, especially in pre-season, has been a tremendous plus and all the guys have taken on board what he’s saying. “You can see it in the games,” the coach said, “where we’re generating positive things out of the style we’re playing and creating a lot more opportunities and keeping the ball.”
Jadon Sancho commented on Ten Hag’s approach by saying: “We’ve been meeting with the manager frequently and understanding how he wants us to play, and there’s obviously been a major sign of everyone taking it on board and us creating what he wants to happen.
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As I previously stated, “You can see in the games with how we’re playing and there being a lot more structure and possibilities to score, as well as we’re maintaining the ball more as well as being productive [with it].”
Sancho, 22, moved to United from Borussia Dortmund one year ago in a £73 million deal. Following his time in Germany, when he made just 104 Bundesliga games while tallying 38 goals and 51 assists, a lot was expected of the Manchester City youth alumnus.
Sancho, though, struggled to maintain his success in England, recording just three goals and three assists in 29 Premier League games. After scoring against Liverpool and Palace, United supporters are anticipating seeing the winger at his best this next season.
After completing a full preseason, Sancho believes he will be more prepared to succeed in the Premier League over the course of the following ten months. Due to England’s participation in the Euro 2020 final, he didn’t report for duty at United until August of last year.
Sancho continued, “This is my first pre-season with United because last year I couldn’t complete the entire pre-season with the club due to an ear ailment, which was a bit unpleasant at the time and [meant] a lack of fitness and awareness of how the players play.
But this season, I feel much more at ease, and scoring in preseason, in particular, gave me a confidence boost. Hopefully, I can carry that into the season and keep it up.
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