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Carrick does not doubt Jadon Sancho’s potential.

Michael Carrick has backed Sancho to build on the goal he scored against Villarreal in the Champions League.

Sancho scored his first goal in Man Utd's UCL win over Villareal. [GETTY]
Sancho scored his first goal in Man Utd's UCL win over Villareal. [GETTY]

Interim boss Michael Carrick believes England international Jason Sancho will be a success at Manchester United.

Sancho, who joined United from Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund during the summer, scored his first goal for his new club in their Champions League clash against Villarreal on Tuesday night.

Before his move to Old Trafford, Sancho had scored 54 goals and registered 67 assists in four seasons at Dortmund.

However, Carrick says Sancho needs time to settle at United, and he has no doubt that the 21-year-old’s spark will get bigger.

'As a player sometimes, it takes a bit of time to adapt,' Carrick said. 'As a younger player coming to such a big club and a new league, it's not easy just to hit the ground running. We were well aware of that.

'Of course, we believe in him. The potential he has got is massive. If he can keep doing the right things and keep himself on the right track he's got a great chance.

'I'm not surprised by what he did the other night. I've seen it in training. I've seen the spring in his step, and in his body language. There's a little spark and hopefully, that spark gets bigger.'

Carrick added: 'He's never happier than when he has the ball at his feet and he's trying to create things and go at the defender.

'But the biggest thing the other night was the other side of his game, the attitude and work-rate, and mentality. I thought he put in a whole performance the other night.

'He's got a massive future ahead of him if he does the right things with the right attitude.'

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