“Jadon Sancho’s £73m arrival pushed me to leave Manchester United” – player claims

Manchester United winger Facundo Pellistri has claimed Jadon Sancho’s arrival from Borussia Dortmund made him decide to leave Manchester United on loan in search of regular first-team football.

“I felt stronger in the first team, I scored in a game at Derby for the first team,” the 19-year-old told The Athletic when reflecting on his pre-season under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this summer.

“It was a very hard pre-season, the hardest I’ve ever had. Physically, you are really pushed, the training is such a high level.

“New players came in, including in my position [Sancho] so I thought it was a good idea to go on loan again.

“The best thing for a player is to play, and for a young player, to get experience.”

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