Jadon Sancho sent a World Cup warning ahead of Manchester United’s new season under Erik ten Hag

Jadon Sancho will have to start his second season with Manchester United well or risk missing the World Cup squad.

That is according to retired footballer Noel Whelan, who hopes new United boss Erik Ten Hag will devise a system that better suits the attacker after a disappointing debut season. Sancho finally arrived at United last summer on the club’s fourth attempt at signing him, but he struggled during his first year at Old Trafford.

The 22-year-old has scored just five goals and provided just three assists, well below the high standards he had set at Borussia Dortmund, with his poor form costing him his place in the England squad. He has not been included in Gareth Southgate’s last three squads – although he may not have qualified for the current internationals after missing the last few games of the season with tonsillitis – which doesn’t bode well in the lead-up to a World Cup that will take place from starts in November.

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Whelan believes Sancho will have to make a great start to the coming season to force his way back to the side.

“Looking back at this season, it wasn’t great for Sancho or Man United,” he told Football Insider. “That’s why he’s not in England’s line-up.

“People are playing more regularly and putting in better performances. It took a long time for him to finally move to Man United, but it wasn’t the easiest transition.

“Hopefully he can get more minutes under Ten Hag and play in a system that suits him better. We hardly saw anything in the way of consistency last season. It looks like a strange move at the moment.

“It is an area where England is steeped in talent. He will have to start at the beginning of next season. Otherwise he runs the risk of missing the World Cup.”

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