Manchester United: Jadon Sancho reveals reason behind shinpad celebration after Europa League goal

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‘He asked me to wear them and I said no problem’: Jadon Sancho reveals heartwarming reason behind shinpad celebration after the Man United winger scored in Europa League win against Sheriff

  • Jadon Sancho has opened up on the background to his shinpad celebration 
  • The Manchester United winger scored the opener in a 2-0 win vs Sheriff Tiraspol 
  • And after netting, Sancho took off a single shinpad and held it up to the crowd
  • He said a child gave him some shinpads and asked him to wear them on the pitch 
  • The 22-year-old took it off as a ‘little gesture’ to show that he was wearing them 
  • Click here for all the latest World Cup 2022 news and updates

Jadon Sancho has opened up on the reasons for his shinpad celebration after scoring in Manchester United’s win on Thursday. 

The Red Devils winger scored the opener as Erik ten Hag’s side eased past Sheriff Tiraspol 2-0 in the Europa League at the Zimbru Stadium in Chisinau, Moldova, with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring the second from the penalty spot. 

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And Sancho revealed the heartwarming background as to why he took off a single shinpad and held it up to the crowd after his goal. 

Jadon Sancho has opened up on his shinpad celebration after scoring against Sheriff Tiraspol

The Manchester United star held up a single shinpad after netting in their 2-0 win on Thursday

The Manchester United star held up a single shinpad after netting in their 2-0 win on Thursday

He said: ‘Yeah, a little kid gave me some shinpads and asked me to wear them. I said “Yeah, no problem” and that was a little gesture from me when I scored, showing him that I was wearing his shinpads that he gave me.’

A video on social media showed Sancho signing an autograph for a fan who had approached his car, before the youngster handed the player a pair of specially designed shin protectors with his face on them. 

Afterwards, the child’s father said he would have to wear them in a match – and Sancho duly did.

Footage released on social media shows Sancho being handed the shinpads by a young fan

Footage released on social media shows Sancho being handed the shinpads by a young fan

The winger, earlier left out of the England squad, gave United the lead after just 17 minutes

The winger, earlier left out of the England squad, gave United the lead after just 17 minutes

Sancho jinked past one defender before then placing the ball in the bottom right-hand corner

Sancho jinked past one defender before then placing the ball in the bottom right-hand corner

The 22-year-old added: ‘It was really important we got the win today. Obviously our last home game vs Real Sociedad was an upset and coming into this game we knew we had to get the three points today.’

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Despite being fully fit and in good goalscoring form, Sancho missed out on England’s Nations League squad named on Thursday by manager Gareth Southgate – the final squad named before the winter World Cup in Qatar.

Sancho responded: ‘Obviously it’s disappointing not to get the call-up but again, I have to keep on working hard and hopefully I do get the call-up for the World Cup. I just have to focus on myself and carry on working hard.’ 

Red Devils forward Cristiano Ronaldo scored the other from the penalty spot in Moldova

Red Devils forward Cristiano Ronaldo scored the other from the penalty spot in Moldova

United boss Erik ten Hag also backed Sancho and Marcus Rashford to continue improving and give Southgate a headache between now and naming his final squad.

‘It’s not up to me, it’s the manager of England,’ said Ten Hag. ‘I cannot be in his seat, I don’t want to do it. They are progressing, they started the season well and they will progress even more, I am convinced of that.

‘Jadon has so much potential. He had a good pre-season and he’s trying to get really fit. He has to keep going with the process.’  

The strike, finished with aplomb, was the Portuguese veteran's first goal of an injury-hit season

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The strike, finished with aplomb, was the Portuguese veteran’s first goal of an injury-hit season

Ten Hag is also convinced Ronaldo has room for improvement after the 37-year-old scored his first goal of the season, having tried to leave United in the summer.

‘We could expect this when you miss pre-season,’ added Ten Hag. ‘He has to work really hard and invest to get the right fitness. He will score more goals. He’s really close. When he gets more fitness he will score more.

‘He’s totally committed to this project, totally committed to this team, totally involved. He is constructing connections so I’m happy with that.’ 

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