MANCHESTER UNITED fans piled praise on Michael Carrick after he finally managed to get the best out of Jadon Sancho.
The England winger, 21, arrived at Old Trafford on the back of four incredible seasons at Borussia Dortmund.
But Sancho had struggled to adapt at United following his £73million move, with supporters growing concerned.
Ahead of the Villarreal game, Sancho had failed to score in any of his 14 appearances.
Worse yet, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – who was sacked on Sunday morning just hours after the 4-1 defeat at Watford – seemed at a loss at where to play him.
Stints on the right and left were followed by rumours the Norwegian was playing him at right-wing-back in a defensive five.
But Carrick – taking charge of his first game as interim boss – stuck him in his favoured right-wing role.
And the Three Lions youngster turned in easily his best performance of the season, capping the game with a thunderous strike into the top corner to seal the 2-0 win which secured passage into the Champions League knockout stage.
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After the game, Carrick praised the winger for his performance, saying: "So pleased for Sancho. He worked his socks off. He gave everything.
"At times it wasn't always with the ball… he showed both sides of his game tonight and to get his goal capped it off.
"Jadon putting that one away was brilliant.
"I know how much Jadon likes the ball at his feet. He put in a big effort defensively and he deserved it."
After the game, Sancho tweeted his joy at finally breaking his frustrating goal drought.
The England winger wrote: "Proud to score my first goal for @ManUtd in the best competition in world football @ChampionsLeague!
"Great team effort from the boys tonight, we build from this."
And United fans were quick to praise Sancho – and Carrick for utilising him properly.
British rapper Lethal Bizzle tweeted: "That's why you play Sancho in his position."
Sancho's England team-mate – and former Dortmund pal – Jude Bellingham simply tweeted 'JS', compete with smiling emoji.
One Man Utd supporter added: "Amazing what happens when you play Sancho in his correct position."
Another wrote: "Sancho has been brilliant tonight if you want to talk about positions and tactics. Great player."
In an ever-growing mountain of similar posts, one fan tweeted: "Jadon Sancho played well tonight. Playing in his usual position. Funny that…"
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