- Jadon Sancho opens in the backdrop of his Shinpada festival
- Manchester United winger scored in the opener in a 2-0 win against Sheriff Tiraspol
- And after setting the trap, Sancho took out a single shinpad and placed it in front of the crowd
- He said a kid gave him some shinpads and asked him to wear them on the pitch
- The 22-year-old took it off as a ‘small gesture’ to show that she was wearing them
- Click here for all the latest news and updates on World Cup 2022
Jadon Sancho opens up on the reasons for his shinpad celebration after scoring in Manchester United’s win on Thursday.
The Red Devils winger opened the innings for Eric ten Haig to beat Sheriff Tiraspol 2-0 in the Europa League at the Gimbru Stadium in Chisinau, Moldova, with Cristiano Ronaldo finishing second from the penalty spot.
And Sancho revealed the heartwarming background as to why he took off a single shinpad and held it in front of the crowd after his goal.
Jadon Sancho starts his Shinpad celebration after scoring a goal against Sheriff Tiraspol
The Manchester United star held a single shinpad after netting in their 2-0 win on Thursday
She said: ‘Yeah, a little kid gave me some shinpads and asked me to wear them. I said “yes, never mind” and when I scored it was a small gesture from me, showing that I was wearing their shinpads that they gave me.’
A video on social media showed Sancho signing an autograph for a fan who had come near his car, before the youngster showed the player a pair of specially designed shin protectors on his face. But given.
Later, the child’s father said he would have to wear them to a match – and Sancho duly did.
Footage released on social media shows a young fan handing out Shinpads to Sancho
The winger, who was first dropped from the England team, gave United the lead after just 17 minutes.
Sancho overtakes a defender before placing the ball in the bottom right corner
The 22-year-old said: ‘It was really important that we got the win today. Obviously our last home match versus Real Sociedad was a troublesome one and coming into this game we knew we had to get three points today.
Despite being fully fit and in good goal-scoring form, Sancho on Thursday missed out on England’s Nations League squad named by manager Gareth Southgate – the last team to be named ahead of the Winter World Cup in Qatar.
Sancho replied: ‘Obviously not getting a call-up is disappointing, but again, I have to work hard and hopefully I get a call-up for the World Cup. I just have to focus on myself and keep working hard.
Red Devils forward Cristiano Ronaldo scores his second goal from the penalty spot in Moldova
United boss Eric ten Haag also backed Sancho and Marcus Rashford to continue improving and gave Southgate a headache between now and naming their final squad.
‘It’s not up to me, it’s the manager of England,’ Ten Haag said. ‘I can’t be in his seat, I don’t want to do it. They are moving forward, they have started the season well and they will go further, I am sure.
‘Jadon has so much potential. He had a good pre-season and he is really trying to get fit. He has to go with the process.
The strike ended with aplomb, the Portuguese giant’s first goal of an injury-hit season.
Ten Haag is also confident there is room for improvement in Ronaldo as the 37-year-old scored his first goal of the season after trying to leave United in the summer.
Ten Haig said, ‘When you miss pre-season, we can expect it. ‘They have to work really hard and invest to achieve the right fitness. He will score more goals. He is really close. When he gets more fitness he will score more.
‘He is completely committed to this project, completely committed to this team, completely involved. He is making a connection so I am happy with it.’
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