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Jadon Sancho predicts Ten Hag can make his career ‘take off’ in thrilling verdict on new boss

Jadon Sancho, Cedric Soares Arsenal v Man Utd April 2022

Jadon Sancho hopes that incoming Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag can make his career take off following a mixed debut season.

The 22-year-old arrived at Old Trafford last summer in a big-money move from Borussia Dortmund. However, he has not enjoyed as smooth a transition as he would have liked.

Following a sub-par season, the Red Devils have squandered their hopes of a top-four Premier League finish.

Sancho arrived with great expectations, having scored and assisted a total of 114 goals in 137 Dortmund appearances.

However, he has only managed five goals and three assists in his 38 outings so far. The troubles at the club including the change of manager have not helped.

And after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer got the sack in November, Ralf Rangnick has struggled to oversee a real turnaround in form. Rangnick is now also on the way out, with Ajax boss Ten Hag replacing him.

As such, Sancho hopes that the 52-year-old can take his career to the next level.

“To start again fresh, with a new manager coming in, we’re looking forward to seeing what his ideas and plans for the team are,” the England international told Premier League Productions.

“You only have to think positively. My career is only getting started and, hopefully, it will take off soon.

“This has been a difficult season, especially being a Manchester United player, with what the club has achieved over the years.

“United is known for winning trophies and being up there with the best. This season has been a difficult one for all of us, but I think we still have to show belief again.”

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Sancho’s arrival at United came as one of the most exciting of the summer transfer window.

However, Cristiano Ronaldo’s shock return to Old Trafford somewhat stole the winger’s limelight.

Ronaldo has subsequently proved the driving force for the Red Devils in his first season back in the Premier League.

At 37 years of age, though, he is coming towards the end of his career.

Sancho, meanwhile, has not got near his peak at 22 and has at least four years left on his contract.

He can therefore blossom when the make-up of the United attack changes under Ten Hag next season.