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Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag explains why Jadon Sancho substituted Alejandro Garnacho

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag explains why Jadon Sancho substituted Alejandro Garnacho

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag explains why Jadon Sancho substituted Alejandro Garnacho

Jadon Sancho came on at halftime and played a key role in Manchester United’s 3-0 victory over Leicester.

Erik ten Hag started Jadon Sancho in the No.10 position because he thought Manchester United may exploit space in Leicester’s midfield.

Sancho replaced Alejandro Garnacho at half-time with United fortuitously leading by one goal after 45 minutes that Ten Hag labeled “rubbish”.

In the 54th minute, Marcus Rashford gave United a two-goal lead, and Sancho made it 3-0 in the 61st to virtually end a game that Leicester had dominated in the first half.

Sancho has impressed in his three substitute outings, scoring the equalizer against Leeds at Old Trafford earlier this month and returning in the No.10 position against Nottingham Forest.

“Second half, we play like the principles and the rules of the game from us,” Ten Hag said. “So we transferred the game plan and then you see we are dictating the game. And with Jadon on the pitch, there was a lot of space in the midfield area to bring him there to get players playing between the lines, get more dynamics, it worked really well, him and Bruno on that side.’

“And I think with Wout up front we get better pressing. That’s due to the fact we are more controlling, dominating, dictating the game, finishing the game and in the end, is a deserved win. But the meaning of the first goal is important.”

David de Gea made two outstanding saves from Harvey Barnes and Kelechi Iheanacho before Rashford put United ahead in the 25th minute.

Ten Hag confessed that De Gea had to mop up the defenders’ “mess” as he recorded his 180th clean sheet for United, tying him with Peter Schmeichel in club history.

“He’s doing really well and I think he had many more games [where] he had a lot of clean sheets,” Ten Hag added. “It’s not only the ‘keeper – because we are defending with 11 – but there are moments you need the ‘keeper.

“He already had many moments this season where he was so important and he saves points. That’s his job, he knows that and in the right moment, you have to do it.

“Today the team needed him, it was a mess and he did the job. He made brilliant saves.”

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag explains why Jadon Sancho substituted Alejandro Garnacho

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag explains why Jadon Sancho substituted Alejandro Garnacho

Jadon Sancho came on at halftime and played a key role in Manchester United’s 3-0 victory over Leicester.

Erik ten Hag started Jadon Sancho in the No.10 position because he thought Manchester United may exploit space in Leicester’s midfield.

Sancho replaced Alejandro Garnacho at half-time with United fortuitously leading by one goal after 45 minutes that Ten Hag labeled “rubbish”.

In the 54th minute, Marcus Rashford gave United a two-goal lead, and Sancho made it 3-0 in the 61st to virtually end a game that Leicester had dominated in the first half.

Sancho has impressed in his three substitute outings, scoring the equalizer against Leeds at Old Trafford earlier this month and returning in the No.10 position against Nottingham Forest.

“Second half, we play like the principles and the rules of the game from us,” Ten Hag said. “So we transferred the game plan and then you see we are dictating the game. And with Jadon on the pitch, there was a lot of space in the midfield area to bring him there to get players playing between the lines, get more dynamics, it worked really well, him and Bruno on that side.’

“And I think with Wout up front we get better pressing. That’s due to the fact we are more controlling, dominating, dictating the game, finishing the game and in the end, is a deserved win. But the meaning of the first goal is important.”

David de Gea made two outstanding saves from Harvey Barnes and Kelechi Iheanacho before Rashford put United ahead in the 25th minute.

Ten Hag confessed that De Gea had to mop up the defenders’ “mess” as he recorded his 180th clean sheet for United, tying him with Peter Schmeichel in club history.

“He’s doing really well and I think he had many more games [where] he had a lot of clean sheets,” Ten Hag added. “It’s not only the ‘keeper – because we are defending with 11 – but there are moments you need the ‘keeper.

“He already had many moments this season where he was so important and he saves points. That’s his job, he knows that and in the right moment, you have to do it.

“Today the team needed him, it was a mess and he did the job. He made brilliant saves.”

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag explains why Jadon Sancho substituted Alejandro Garnacho

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