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Erik ten Hag praises Jadon Sancho and apparently opens the door to Manchester United’s return

Erik ten Hag praised Jadon Sancho after his impressive performance in the Champions League semi-finals.

Sancho starred as Borussia Dortmund took a 1-0 lead against Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg.

Sancho shone for Dortmund on Wednesday nightCredit: Getty

The 24-year-old is on loan from Manchester United following a high-profile falling out with Ten Hag.

Sancho publicly criticized the Red Devils boss in response to Ten Hag’s comments and reportedly refused to apologise.

He was expelled from the first team and returned to Dortmund on loan.

The winger is now finding his best form and Ten Hag was asked about him in his press conference on Thursday.

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He said: “Let’s say this: yesterday he played very well and is a very good player, yesterday he showed why Manchester United bought him and he showed that he represents a high value for Manchester United. Which is good.”

“I’m happy for Jadon, for yesterday’s performance and we’ll see what happens in the future.”

Manchester United paid £73m for Sancho in 2021 but have not seen him fulfill his full potential at Old Trafford.

He is still only 24 and could still have his best years ahead of him, whether at United or elsewhere.

Sancho had been banished by Ten Hag this seasonCredit: Getty

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand said: “Jadon would make the players dance, it was a joke. We hadn’t seen that since he was at Dortmund before.

“What I say today more than anything is that it was Sancho in cage football. This is the kid who grew up in cage football with that bit of arrogance.

“He is in top form now. He will leave the field on a high. But I want to know what happened at Man Utd, why it didn’t go well there. The positive point for Man Utd is that a lot of teams will do it.” I want it now.”

Regarding his own future, Sancho added: “I arrived (to Dortmund) when I was 17, they gave me the opportunity to play and I am delighted that they welcomed me back and right now I am focused on the present.”