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Jadon Sancho struggles in heavy Manchester derby defeat

Jadon Sancho endured a difficult outing for Manchester United as they slumped to a disappointing 6-3 Premier League defeat at Manchester City.

The Red Devils went into the 188th Manchester derby in fine form, having won five of the previous six games including the last four in the top-flight.

It was anticipated that they would give a good fight to the Cityzens, but the result was completely different as they were outclassed by their rivals.

The 6-3 loss will definitely be hard to take for many United fans. The outcome also provided a reality check for several United players including Sancho.

The 22-year-old has been in decent form this term with three goals in eight games, but he had a tough outing against his former club with barely any impact.

The England international lost possession on a staggering 13 occasions over 70 minutes. He failed to win any of his duels (0/5) with three unsuccessful take-ons.

It was definitely a game to forget for Sancho, who will need to perform exceptionally over the coming weeks to have any chance of making the World Cup squad.

United looked a team transformed under Erik ten Hag before the international break, but it appears the halt has not done them any favour based on the derby showing.

They looked like the side which was beaten by Brighton & Hove Albion and Brentford at the start of the season, and Ten Hag needs to get his players back into rhythm.

There is no time to ponder at all over the result with another 12 games to play over the space of six weeks. Ten Hag can also ill-afford any more injuries to key players.

United are already without Harry Maguire with a muscle injury and Raphael Varane is the latest player to have suffered a setback. He was substituted before the half-time interval.

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