Jadon Sancho did something he has never done for Manchester United to join Lionel Messi club

Jadon Sancho celebrates Borussia Dortmund's victory over PSG in the Champions League semi-final first leg
Jadon Sancho celebrates Borussia Dortmund's victory over PSG in the Champions League semi-final first leg -Credit:Lars Baron/Getty Images

Manchester United loanee Jadon Sancho managed to replicate the legendary Lionel Messi as Borussia Dortmund beat PSG 1-0 in the Champions League semi-finals.

Sancho played the full 90 minutes against the Parisiens and looked like a completely different player from the one we have become accustomed to in the Premier League. Remarkably, the 24-year-old completed seven dribbles in the first half against PSG, which is more than he managed to accumulate in any of his 58 appearances for United.

Arguably more impressive is that he managed to become the first English player to complete 11+ take-ons in a single Champions League game. This feat has not been managed in a Champions League semi-final since Messi did it for Barcelona against United in 2008.

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Such a brilliant performance will leave many United fans scratching their heads considering how his time at Old Trafford ended this season. In September, Erik ten Hag claimed Sancho's training ground performances were the reason why the winger was not picked in the squad that lost to Arsenal.

A perplexed Sancho chose to fire back at his manager and claimed he had been made the 'scapegoat'. This led to the forward being banished from the first-team squad and ultimately resulted in him being sent on loan to Dortmund in January.

Since being in Germany, the 24-year-old has notched three goals and two assists in 17 appearances for the club. To add insult to injury, Sancho's Dortmund have now ended United's hopes of reaching the Champions League next season.

The victory over PSG means that Germany have secured a fifth Champions League spot for next season alongside Italy. England were in contention for that spot, but poor performances in Europe from the Premier League clubs mean only the top four will qualify for the expanded Champions League.