Jadon Sancho

JADON SANCHO shocked some fans with his answer when asked who Manchester United’s biggest rivals are.

The England winger – who spent two years in City’s academy – looked sheepish after the question while he stood on stage at the reveal for United’s new away kit.

After a moment of thought, Sancho said: “Yeah it’s got to be (Man) City.”

This answer caused some controversy as a few boos could be heard from the crowd.

Online the reaction was also quite volatile.

One commenter said: “Nope, Liverpool are their biggest rivals,” while another added: “It’s Liverpool mate.”

A third took aim straight at Sancho, saying: “This man hasn’t got a clue about United’s rivals.”

Plenty pointed out that United have been streets off City’s pace in recent years and can no longer be classed as rivals.

Sancho played for City’s youth team before transferring to German club Borussia Dortmund in 2017.

With Dortmund he budded into one of European Football’s most exciting up and coming stars, contributing to 114 goals in 135 first-team appearances.

Sancho returned to England last summer in a £73million move to United, but struggled to find his best form as the team’s overall performance dropped dramatically from the year before.

However, Sancho has looked bright in pre-season under new boss Erik ten Hag, scoring the opener in United’s 4-0 drubbing of Liverpool in their first friendly game.

If Sancho can recapture the form he showed at Dortmund with United the team will improve massively.

A return to form could also see him make a return to the national team for the World Cup after being excluded from Gareth Southgate’s most recent squad.

United have endured a frustrating transfer window thus far, but look set to complete a deal for Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez in the coming days.

He will join Tyrell Malacia and Christian Eriksen as the club’s new recruits while the saga for Frenkie de Jong remains ongoing.

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