Jadon Sancho finally found the net for Manchester United for the first time, and his international team mates Declan Rice and Jude Bellingham were among the first to praise him
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- 08:50, 24 Nov 2021
- Updated09:51, 24 Nov 2021
Declan Rice and Jude Bellingham were among the first players to praise Jadon Sancho’s first goal for Manchester United.
The £73million man opened his United goalscoring account with a pile driver of an effort which smashed of the underside of the crossbar, before takin the net off.
It was a cracking strike from a player who has been devoid of confidence and playing time since he moved to Old Trafford from Borussia Dortmund.
His effort also sealed a 2-0 away victory against Villarreal in the Champions League, as well as safe passage into the Round-of-16.
And international team mates Rice and Bellingham reached out to the United star on Twitter, praising his first strike for the Red Devils.
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West Ham United star Rice was the first to congratulate Sancho when he said he was ‘Buzzing for you Sanch’.
Meanwhile his former team mate Bellingham swiftly followed with a very simple message for his former Dortmund team mate.
He simply tweeted “JS” along with a smiling face emoji.
Bellingham and Sancho played alongside each other for one season at Borussia Dortmund.
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They were key cogs in a ferociously talented Dortmund side, who reached the quarterfinals of the Champions League last season.
The England duo were key components in a terrifying frontline also containing Marco Reus and the imperious Erling Haaland.
However, Sancho departed the Signal Iduna Park this summer, with a deal in principle between United and Marco Rose’s side being agreed during the 2020 European Championships.
But, while Bellingham has taken his game to another level in the Bundesliga, Sancho has struggled to acclimatise to the Premier League.
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Not only was his astounding finish against Unai Emery’s men his first goal for the Reds, it was also his first registered goal involvement for the Red Devils.
Sancho’s struggled for minutes under former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who only deployed him for the full 90 minutes on three occasions this season.
However, current caretaker manager showed trust in the youngster, starting him against Villarreal and keeping him on the pitch for the full match.
And his decision reaped many rewards, as Sancho doubled United’s lead in the 90 th minute.
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Sancho also conveyed his delight, and perhaps his relief, of finally finding the net for the Reds.
He tweeted his joy after the match, and also told his 1.3m Twitter followers the victory against the Yellow Submarine could be the platform for a recovery.
‘Proud to score my first goal for Man Utd in the best competition in world football. Great team effort from the boys tonight, we build from this,” he tweeted.
Sancho will need to bottle up his confidence and form ahead of United’s tumultuous Premier League match against Chelsea.
Thomas Tuchel’s side continued their relentless form with a dominant 4-0 victory at home against Juventus.
Goals from Trevoh Chalobah, Reece James, Callum Hudson-Odoi, and Timo Werner saw the Blues’ stroll into the knockout stages.
Defeat to the west Londoners and results elsewhere could even see United drop into the bottom half of the table at the weekend.
They currently trail the table-topping Blues by 12 points, and are also six points away from the top four.
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