Ten Hag identifies one game-changing United player following stalemate with Saints

Erik ten Hag has identified one Manchester United player that has the ability to make a difference in-game. 

The Red Devils picked up a bittersweet point yesterday after failing to find the back of the net against relegation candidates Southampton.

A heavy blow came in the form of Casemiro receiving his second red card of the season. The Brazilian will consequently miss four matches, leaving Ten Hag short of alternatives.

Despite the team creating several threatening attacks, they were just unable to find any end product, though after being cut down to 10 men, it’s likely a point gained rather than two dropped.

United remain third but with Arsenal and Manchester City winning their respective matches this weekend, the quest to finish in a higher position may be inching out of their grasp. Still, a third-place finish is significantly better than where the Reds ranked in the league last season.

Ten Hag on Jadon Sancho

Speaking post-match to MUTV, the manager heaped praise on Jadon Sancho, who had been deployed in the No.10 role.

“I think he did quite well as a number ten. Like he did against Barcelona and Leicester. He was really decisive against Leicester and also today with some really good actions. One time, he was really close to the goal with a run at the defending line and a cross to Bruno almost came there. He did a good job.”

Ten Hag was then questioned on whether or not the English attacker can make a difference in games, and responded: “I think he can, I think he can make the difference when we play three against two in the midfield. And that is not bad when you have Casemiro and Bruno and you have Jadon Sancho.”

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