Jadon Sancho’s performance against Leeds showed what makes him so good

Jadon Sancho was on top form for Manchester United in their 4-2 victory against Leeds United on Sunday afternoon. The winger bagged himself two assists in the hectic Premier League fixture where United thoroughly deserved victory, despite five minutes of madness at the beginning of the second half.

His lofted cross to Bruno Fernandes on the turn of half-time was a moment of genius and exactly what he was brought for. The ball was set for the Englishman on the right side of the box, and it would’ve been tempting to look to drive and take a shot.

However, the former Borussia Dortmund star is always looking to feed his teammates and he saw a perfect opportunity to find the parading Fernandes in the centre of the box to maximise the chance of scoring.

In celebrating the moment which created the goal, it’s also easy to forget Sancho’s role in the build-up, where he played a wonderful weighted pass to Victor Lindelöf in order to start a dangerous attacking move, which was one of 10 progressive actions he made on the day. His work in the final third is where he will earn respect, but Sancho helps United in many different ways.

Meanwhile, his second assist for Fred, which helped United restore their lead, was a perfect example of the danger that he possesses when facilitated properly.

There’s always a lot of talk among supporters when it’s suggested that the team should do certain things in order to get the best out of them.

It’s almost like they expect a player to thrive in any given circumstances and well… it often doesn’t happen. Jadon Sancho is no exception, and despite having quick feet and a smart footballing mind, he’s not a player that will often dribble past two and smash the ball in the top corner.

At his best, Sancho is facilitated by the movement and runs of others, who he can pick out on an incredibly consistent basis. We saw him supply Fred twice in United’s 3-2 victory against Arsenal in December, and it happened again at Elland Road after the Brazilian came off the bench.

It was in a counter-attack where Fred played the ball to Sancho on the left and immediately looked to sprint around the outside of the winger, who had stood up the Leeds defender one-on-one. Sancho’s deft and perfectly weighted pass to his left allowed Fred to strike first time and give United the lead for the second time in the game.

It wasn’t a pass which bemuses the masses. A simple pass to his left some would say. But, it’s the consistency and weight on these passes, as well as the fact he will make the correct decision most of the time, which makes the prospect of Sancho with runners a dangerous prospect for opposition.

This is something that Ralf Rangnick’s side need to keep working on. It isn’t bad for a team to facilitate their best players and ensure that they’re playing to their strengths. It will only help United.

It was a slow start to the season for Jadon Sancho at Manchester United, but, it was only a matter of time until he started recreating the form from Germany which made him one of the hottest properties in Europe. If the Reds continue to improve step by step, then it is inevitable that the 21-year-old will go from strength to strength.

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