Man Utd new boy Sancho works out on holiday
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New Manchester United star Jadon Sancho has given his biggest indication yet that he will make his Premier League debut against Leeds United after claiming he ‘feels ready to play’ in the long-awaited derby.
The England youngster, who joined the Red Devils three weeks ago in a blockbuster deal worth up to £73million, formerly played for arch rivals Manchester City as a youth player.
The winger was seen as one of the best talents in the side, with many tipping him to have a big future at the Etihad Stadium.
But having realised that his career would be best served in the world’s best youth programme as Borussia Dortmund, Sancho left City for Germany as a 17-year old for a fee of just £8m.
Excelling at Dortmund, Sancho scored 38 league goals and registered 45 assists in just 104 league games as he announced himself as a superstar in North Rhine-Westphalia.
His inclusion in England’s Euro 2020 team paid testament to his talents, and earned him a big money move
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But having only featured for 97 minutes in England’s seven matches, the winger is desperate to prove himself in England once and for all.
And Sancho has thrown his name into the hat for his inclusion, which is likely given that Marcus Rashford is out with a long-term shoulder injury.
Speaking to BT Sport, Sancho said that he felt ready to play in the derby.
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‘Today in training I felt sharp, and hopefully I can get introduced to the game on Saturday,” Sancho said.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is due to give a press conference on Friday afternoon which may give a clearer indication on Sancho’s involvement.
There aren’t many bigger games for Sancho to make his debut in, either.
With the last Premier League fixture between the two at Old Trafford – with fans – occurring in February 2004, it is a generational fixture which fans will be dying to get tickets for.
Leeds’ astonishing drop to the third tier and back lasted a total of 16 years, but the Elland Road outfit have made it back to the promised land.
Sancho may be involved, but impending signing Raphael Varane won’t be available given that he has been in quarantine and lacking fitness.
Furthermore, Dean Henderson is still out after suffering long-COVID, whilst Alex Telles, Jesse Lingard and Eric Bailly are absent.
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