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Man Utd: Will Sancho return to action against Reading?

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The English star hasn’t played for the Red Devils since October.

Erik ten Hag is optimistic about Jadon Sancho’s progress since his return to Manchester United’s training.

Since his £73m transfer in the summer of 2021, Sancho has failed to live up to expectations at Old Trafford. A bright start under Ten Hag was followed by Sancho’s mysterious exile from United’s squad.

Speaking about Sancho’s situation, Ten Hag described the reason behind his absence as “circumstances with fitness and mood”.

Sancho hasn’t played for the Red Devils since their 1-1 draw against Chelsea on October 22. During this time, the likes of Alejandro Garnacho and Marcus Rashford have thrived at the left-wing position.

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Last week, Sancho finally returned to team training at Old Trafford. But Ten Hag is not sure whether he’s ready to play in his side’s upcoming FA Cup clash against Reading.

 “He [Sancho] is training with the team, and we will see,” Ten Hag told reporters. “He’s improving, he’s making steps, and we will make the decision after training [whether he will play against Reading].

“He’s on the way back, he’s making steps, he’s back in team training, and we have to see when he’s ready to go back into games.”

Following their match against Reading, United will return to the EFL Cup to take on Nottingham Forest in the second leg of their semi-final clash.