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‘I think he’s fitter, he looks half a stone slimmer’: Paul Scholes cheers on Jadon Sancho’s turnaround at Manchester United after he saw his ‘best game’ score his first goal in Villarreal’s win











Jadon Sancho has been praised by former Manchester United stars after he finally broke his goalscoring drought in the Champions League win over Villarreal.

The striker, who came over from Borussia Dortmund for £73 million in the summer, went on to score his first goal for the club in a 2-0 win over Spain, firing a superb attack on the crossbar in the last minute for United’s place. in the last… 16 of the competition.

Sancho has struggled since his summer transfer, but has been under the caretaker of Michael Carrick from the start, and according to former United midfielder Scholes, he looked both fitter and the best player on the pitch.

Jadon Sancho celebrates his last minute goal for Manchester United in Villarreal

The attacker's attack sealed a 2-0 win for United and earned his first goal for the club

The attacker’s attack sealed a 2-0 win for United and earned his first goal for the club

“He looked fitter than he did. I was very happy for him, he told BT Sport. “A very young player who has had a difficult start. But I thought he was United’s best player tonight.

“I think they should use it more. Playing in this team is a bit different because he doesn’t have a flying wing like Dortmund, which I think helps.

“He wants to play higher. He is such a smart footballer. I think he’s fitter. Just look at him, I think he looks half a stone slimmer.’

Scholes’ former Red Devils team-mate, Rio Ferdinand, was also impressed with the England forward and insists his improvement comes as his team-mates now understand more about his game.

Former United midfielder Paul Scholes praised Sancho's performance in the European clash

Former United midfielder Paul Scholes praised Sancho’s performance in the European clash

Sancho is congratulated by agent Michael Carrick afterwards

Sancho is congratulated by agent Michael Carrick afterwards

“I also think it’s his teammates and they understand him,” he added. “Not many of his teammates knew about him.

“They expected him to be a flying winger who always wants to go out. He’s more complicated, he wants to play one-two and connect things together. He is a footballing winger.

Meanwhile, Owen Hargreaves insisted Sancho’s performance reminded him more of the Borussia Dortmund player who convinced United to sign the 21-year-old in the summer.

“Jadon probably played his best game in a United shirt. He looked like the player who could make the difference,” he said.

Sancho was a vibrant presence, with ex-United stars claiming he was their best player

Sancho was a vibrant presence, with ex-United stars claiming he was their best player

United's 2-0 win in Spain puts them in the last 16 of the Champions League

United’s 2-0 win in Spain puts them in the last 16 of the Champions League

“When we saw him play for United this season, he didn’t sprint as much as he did at Dortmund. Today he looked fit and sharp. When he is fit, you can see the impact he can have on a team.

“Jadon was the best player on the field. Jadon was like the Jadon we sometimes saw at Borussia Dortmund, who can win a game.”

United played their first game since the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as manager after Watford’s disastrous 4-1 defeat in the Premier League last Saturday.

Despite a poor first half, United rallied late after bringing in Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford. Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring 12 minutes before time for Sancho’s last minute effort.

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