Jadon Sancho new role in Man Utd
Jadon Sancho new role in Man Utd during their behind-closed-doors friendly. Jadon Sancho started in a well-rotated forward line as Manchester United took on Burnley in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Old Trafford on Tuesday afternoon.
Manchester United head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer deployed the former Dortmund summer signing on the left wing, with Juan Mata on the other flank and wantaway Jesse Lingard in the No.10 role behind center-forward Anthony Martial.
Manchester United’s new goalkeeper Tom Heaton who arrived on a free transfer from Aston Villa in 2021 July was given the gloves, while the red Devil captain Harry Maguire started three days after skippering the Red Devils to a 5-1 victory over Leeds United in the Premier League.
Another surprise started was Eric Bailly partnered Maguire in central defence, and Diogo Dalot and Brandon Williams were given the nod in the full-back roles.
The Man United tactician turned to Donny van de Beek and Nemanja Matic to form his double-pivot in central midfield.
Victor Lindelof and Fred were introduced at half-time, while Paul Pogba, Phil Jones, Bruno Fernandes, Mason Greenwood, Dan James, Luke Shaw, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, James Garner and Hannibal Mejbri came on for the final 30 minutes.
Goalkeeper Matej Kovar was an unused substitute.
Manchester United latest signing Raphael Varane was unveiled as a United player over the weekend but played no part in the friendly against the Clarets. Nonetheless, the Frenchman is expected to be included in the squad to face Southampton on Sunday.
However, it is still unclear if Manchester United head coach Solskjaer will throw Varane into the fray immediately or bench him for the clash at St Mary’s.
Victor Lindelof picked up an assist against Leeds and maybe hopeful of maintaining his starting role, at least for another game before they introduce the former Real Madrid player.
The summary of Manchester United vs Burnley
Manchester United 3 Burnley 1
The Red Devil ran out 3-1 winners against Burnley in a behind closed doors game at Old Trafford on Tuesday.
Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard and Fred were all on the scoresheet while Jadon Sancho made his first start since joining from Borussia Dortmund.
But Manchester United new signing Raphael Varane wasn’t involved as he continues to work his way up to fitness, having only begun training with the rest of the squad yesterday.
The United squad that started the game was: Tom Heaton, Diogo Dalot, Eric Bailly, Harry Maguire, Brandon Williams, Nemanja Matic, Donny van de Beek, Jesse Lingard, Jadon Sancho, Juan Mata, Anthony Martial.
Victor Lindelof and Fred came off the bench for United at half-time, but a raft of changes were made on the hour mark when Phil Jones, Paul Pogba, Mason Greenwood, Bruno Fernandes, Daniel James, Luke Shaw, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, James Garner and Hannibal Mejbri were introduced.
Harry Maguire was reported to have scored United’s opening goal, but the club’s official match report says that Anthony Martial got the final touch.
It looks like Solskjaer will almost certainly partner Maguire with Varane in the long-term and hailed the latter as a “top player” after the victory over Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
Will we see Raphael Varane make his Manchester United debut against asked the reporter, “I am looking forward to working with him. Top professional,” said the Norwegian.
“I have followed his career throughout and you just see the way he conducts himself and the way he lives his life, so all the chats I have had with him, the club has had with him we have got a top human being as well as a top player.”
Jadon Sancho, meanwhile, came off the bench against Leeds to replace James for the final 15 minutes.