Erik ten Hag backed Jadon Sancho to shine for the remainder of the season after his first objective since September noticed Manchester United salvage a 2-2 draw in opposition to Leeds United.

Sancho performed his first recreation since October 22 when he got here on from the bench in opposition to Nottingham Forest earlier this month, having missed an prolonged interval because of what Ten Hag described as “circumstances with health and temper”.

The England worldwide was launched as a second-half substitute with United 2-0 down on Wednesday, as Wilfried Gnonto’s early strike was adopted up by an personal objective from Raphael Varane.

Nonetheless, Marcus Rashford halved the arrears along with his twentieth objective of the season earlier than Sancho’s effort squirmed by the clutches of Illan Meslier, denying managerless Leeds a primary league win at Previous Trafford since 1981.

Ten Hag hopes Sancho’s show is an indication of issues to come back, saying of his introduction: “I needed a unique dynamic. In that second we weren’t within the recreation.

“Fortunately it succeeded as a result of we scored two objectives. We’re very blissful.

“He’s all the way in which again. We all know he’s an impressive participant. I believe he can constantly have a huge impact, however he has to work exhausting.

“It would inspire him to get extra. I actually loved it, particularly for him. It would strengthen him.”

Whereas Ten Hag was happy with United’s enchancment over the course of the match, their gradual begin left him with a bitter style, given Gnonto discovered the online simply 55 seconds after kick-off.

“It’s combined emotions. In fact in the long run we had been blissful to win some extent – however we dropped two factors,” he added.

“It’s a really unhealthy begin, unacceptable, particularly in a derby you must be able to battle and take duty. We didn’t try this.

“I’ve to enrich the group and their resilience to struggle again. We made two nice group objectives.”

United will quickly have the possibility to go one higher in opposition to their previous rivals, as they head to Elland Highway on Sunday for the second instalment in a uncommon Premier League double-header.

After witnessing Leeds produce an brisk show on Wednesday, Ten Hag referred to as on his group to win extra duels subsequent day out.

“We knew earlier than how they might play with angle and magnificence. We didn’t know what system they might play however you must be prepared and browse the sport,” Ten Hag stated.

“Undoubtedly you must win your battles. That’s for everybody to take the duty. In the event you win these particular person battles, you’ll win this recreation.”