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Erik ten Hag hints to new positions for Jadon Sancho and Tyrell Malacia following Manchester United’s victory over Sheriff

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Erik ten Hag hints to new positions for Jadon Sancho and Tyrell Malacia following Manchester United’s victory over Sheriff

After Manchester United’s victory over Sheriff Tiraspol, Erik ten Hag hinted at probable new roles for Jadon Sancho and Tyrell Malacia.

Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo scored goals to help  Manchester United to a comfortable 2-0 victory in Moldova.

CR7 ended his goal drought, and Sancho delivered a message to Gareth Southgate after being left out of the England squad.

The winger scored his third goal in six games after Erik ten Hag offered him central freedom.

Asked about Sancho operating centrally, Ten Hag said: “In preparing the goal with Bruno [Fernndes], he was in the centre-forward position.

“We did some experiments, bringing Tyrell [Malacia] on the right and Luke [Shaw] on the left, we can be very able, we need that in the season.”

Malacia started the sixth consecutive game as left-back, but switched to his more familiar right-back position after Ten Hag decided to substitute Luke Shaw for Diogo Dalot.

The Red Devils manager made no secret of his intention to acquire a right-back in the offseason, and he looks to be thinking long-term by evaluating Malacia’s fit for the position.

Ten Hag was also questioned over Ronaldo’s goal drought ending and Sancho and Marcus Rashford’s continued exclusion from the England side.

The Dutchman said of the pair missing out: “It’s not up to me, it’s the manager of England, I cannot be in his seat, I don’t want to do it.

“They are progressing, they are starting the season well, they will progress even more, I am convinced of that.”

Ten Hag also stated that Ronaldo is fully committed to the effort at Old Trafford and that he anticipates Ronaldo to begin scoring more frequently.

He added: “He’s really close, when he gets more fitness he will score more.

“He’s totally committed to this project, totally involved, he also has connections that are coming around him (on the pitch) and he is constructing connections so I’m happy with that.”

Erik ten Hag hints to new positions for Jadon Sancho and Tyrell Malacia following Manchester United’s victory over Sheriff

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