By Noel Whelan

25th Nov, 2021 | 8:52am

Sancho could 'light it up' under incoming Man United boss after Romano update - pundit

Jadon Sancho must “force the hand” of his new Man United manager by “lighting it up” on the pitch and in training, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 21-year-old must “step up and work hard” when the new manager is installed at Old Trafford.

According to journalist Fabrizio Romano (November 23rd), Man United have made contact with former Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde about becoming the interim manager at the club.

Romano also claimed the first choice remains a “permanent” option such as Mauricio Pochettino or Brendan Rodgers.

Sancho netted his first Man United goal on Tuesday in a vital Champions League win against Villareal.

Whelan claimed the winger’s reported £73m price tag will be irrelevant to his new manager.

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“It’s all down to Jadon. He’s got to put in the performances on the training ground and on the pitch,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“I don’t care how much they paid for him. He needs to prove his worth to whoever comes in.

“We saw him lighting it up for Dortmund, but we’ve not seen anything close to that level since. He could do that under a new manager – his goal was a good glimpse of his talent.

“He’s got to force his new manager’s hand because he didn’t do that with Ole. He’s been average this season, but that is in a side where everyone has lost their belief and confidence – they’ve looked all over the place.

“He needs to step up and work hard when the new hierarchy is put in place.”

Sancho has 23 caps for England, scoring three goals.

The winger has started just four Premier League fixtures this term.

In other news, Dr Dan has revealed Man United are basking in the ‘Cristiano Ronaldo effect’ after a £64m windfall is secured.