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Gareth Southgate backs Jadon Sancho to shine for Man Utd

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
Sancho had a good game
Sancho had a good game / David Ramos/GettyImages

Gareth Southgate has backed Jadon Sancho to kick on at Manchester United after the forward impressed for England against Andorra on Saturday night.

Since making the switch from Borussia Dortmund to Old Trafford in the summer Sancho is yet to impress, failing to register a single goal or assist in nine games so far.

After such an inauspicious start to life at United, many were surprised to see him retain his place in the Three Lions squad - with Southgate himself admitting that he was fortunate to earn a spot in the group.

Not only did Sancho make the 23 though, he actually started as England eased to a 5-0 victory in Andorra, setting up two of his side's goals.

Speaking after the game Southgate backed him to start showing similar form at club level before too long.

"We shouldn't be surprised that for a young player to have such a big change in his life, new league, new club, different style of play, different training regime, back living in Manchester, moving house and everything that's involved in that, that's a lot to take in," he said.

"So it's going to need time but he showed a lot of the qualities that he has and I know that will come with the club as well."

After playing more than an hour against Andorra, Sancho is unlikely to start against Hungary on Tuesday with Raheem Sterling in line to be restored to his favoured left-wing berth.

His display will give him confidence as he prepares for a vital run of games at for his club. Next Saturday, United have a trip to Leicester City to contend with and that is swiftly followed by a Champions League meeting with Atalanta in midweek.

Back-to-back Premier League games with Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur come after that.