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Jadon Sancho exploits shoddy Arsenal defending to seal Manchester United win with rocket shot

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Jul 22, 2023
Jadon Sancho exploits shoddy Arsenal defending to seal Manchester United win with rocket shot

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Jadon Sancho capped off Manchester United’s 2-0 win against Arsenal after some horror defending in a pre-season friendly.

United had already raced into an early lead at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey after Bruno Fernandes put them ahead with a long-range effort.

Gabriel made a hash of his clearance that allowed Sancho through

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Gabriel made a hash of his clearance that allowed Sancho through
Sancho still had plenty to do, though, running down toward goal before thrashing one past Ramsdale

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Sancho still had plenty to do, though, running down toward goal before thrashing one past Ramsdale
Sancho made no mistake once he had a sight of goal

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Sancho made no mistake once he had a sight of goalCredit: Getty

But Arsenal could not bounce back as the Red Devils ramped up once again with a simple ball over the top.

Gabriel Magalhaes had the task of clearing the ball but got it all wrong, mistiming the clearance, and Sancho took advantage.

The Brazilian could not catch up to the United forward, who raced toward Aaron Ramsdale and unleashed a powerful drive from a tight angle.

The Arsenal keeper might not want to see that one back, though, being easily beaten at his near-post.

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It followed his earlier error that allowed Fernandes to score, with an effort squirming under Ramsdale’s wrists.

After a relatively mellow start, it saw the 82,500-capacity crowd up on their feet while the Gunners toiled in the July heat.

Sancho was starting up front for United as a false-nine, which worked a treat for Ten Hag.

However, the England international is not a long-term solution up top with Rasmus Hojlund still being trailed by the Red Devils.

This is United’s third friendly of the summer having already beaten Leeds and Lyon in earlier contests.

And they have a hectic schedule over the coming weeks with clashes against Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Wrexham to come this month still.

Next month, there is no slowing down with matches against Lens and Athletic Bilbao to come before the new Premier League season gets underway.

United have already signed Mason Mount and Andre Onana, though the latter did not make the squad on Saturday night.

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