MANCHESTER UNITED fans have raved about Michael Carrick after he finally got the best out of Jadon Sancho.
The 21-year-old England winger arrives at Old Trafford after an incredible four seasons at Borussia Dortmund.
But Sancho has struggled to adapt at United following his £73million move, with supporters growing increasingly concerned.
Before the game against Villarreal, Sancho had failed to score or assist in his 14 appearances.
Worse still, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – who was sacked on Sunday morning just hours after the 4-1 loss to Watford – doesn’t seem to know where to play.
Traces on the right and left are followed by the Norwegian rumor of play him at right-back in a defensive year.
But Carrick – who was in charge of his first game as interim boss – has cast him in his preferred right-wing role.
And the Three Lions youngster easily put in his best performance of the season, ending the game with a thunderous strike into the top corner to seal the game. Win 2-0 guaranteed a place in the knockout stages of the Champions League.
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After the game, Carrick praised the winger’s performance, saying: “It’s gratifying for Sancho. He’s worked hard. He’s given everything.
“Sometimes it’s not always the ball… he showed both sides of the game tonight and let his goal pass.
“Jadon putting it away was amazing.
“I know how Jadon likes the ball at his feet. He’s worked so hard defensively and he deserves it.
“What happens next depends on Jadon and how he plays, he has all the talent in the world and he will certainly have our support.”
After the game, Sancho tweeted his joy at finally breaking his nasty goal drought.
The England winger wrote: “Proud to score @ManUtd’s first goal in the best league in world football @ChampionsLeague!
“Great team effort from the boys tonight, we built on this.”
And United fans were quick to praise Sancho – and Carrick for making good use of him.
British rapper Lethal Bizzle tweeted: “That’s why you play Sancho in his place.”
Sancho’s England team-mate – and old Dortmund friend – Jude Bellingham simply tweeted ‘JS’, competing with a smiling emoji.
One United fan added: “It’s amazing what happens when you play Sancho in his position.”
Another wrote: “Sancho was excellent tonight if you want to talk about position and tactics. Great player.”
In a growing mountain of similar posts, one fan tweeted: “Jadon Sancho played well tonight. Playing in his familiar position. It was fun…”
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https://www.the-sun.com/sport/premier-league/4131025/man-utd-jadon-sancho-carrick-position-solskjaer/ Man Utd fans praise Carrick’s tactical transformation as Sancho shines on the right wing… after Solskjaer tested him at full-back