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Sancho: Ten Hag transforming Man Utd into a ‘whole different team’

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Jadon Sancho hailed the early work of Erik ten Hag at Manchester United, saying the Dutchman has made the same players feel like a “whole different team”.

Ten Hag has a sizeable rebuilding task at Old Trafford following the unsuccessful interim spell of Ralf Rangnick, whose mid-season appointment to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer failed last campaign.

United finished sixth in the 2021-22 Premier League campaign after recording their lowest points tally.

While failing to end a league campaign with a positive goal difference for the first time since the 1989-90 season.

The former Ajax coach has brought in Tyrell Malacia and Christian Eriksen.

While striking an agreement for Argentina defender Lisandro Martinez.

And they are reportedly holding negotiations with Barcelona for Frenkie de Jong.

United have also impressed in their pre-season friendlies, defeating Liverpool, Melbourne Victory and Crystal Palace, and Sancho was quick to credit Ten Hag’s early influence.

The winger said to United’s official website:

“He’s told all the boys that every friendly is a must-win game.

“I can already tell from his mindset that he wants us to do well, and when the players hear that from a manager.

“You all take that in, and we all want to give our best, especially on the pitch.

“That’s been a real confidence boost. We’ve been having lots of meetings with the manager.

“And understanding how he wants us to play, there’s been a big sign of everyone taking that on board.

“And for us to produce what he wants to happen.

“This pre-season, we have the same players, but it looks like a different team.

“And I think that’s something we’re working on, and I feel like we’re getting better.

“The manager is big on team bonding, having fun together.

“And doing things like team dinners. So, yeah, it’s helping.

“You can see in the games, as I said before, with how we’re playing.

“And there being a lot more structure and opportunities to score, and we’re keeping the ball more and being effective [with it].”

Last season, Sancho arrived from Borussia Dortmund as the only player from Europe’s top five leagues to have scored ten goals or more and at least 15 assists across all competitions in the previous three seasons.

But the England international struggled in his debut season in Manchester, scoring just three times in 29 Premier League appearances, and he is keen to make amends in the upcoming term.

He added:

“Last year wasn’t great, and I feel like everyone has something to prove for this upcoming season.

“It’s my second year now, settling into the team, knowing how players play, and I’m excited about the upcoming season, with a new manager and how he wants us to play, and I think it will be suitable for myself.

“We don’t want to perform like we did last year and upset the fans. Some fans travelled for a long time to get to the stadium and watch us not perform.

“I’m sure, this year, everyone is going to make up for that and make sure every game we play, we put 100 per cent in and make sure the fans are smiling at the end of the game.”

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