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Jadon Sancho: The rise and fall

After a public fall out with Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag, Jadon Sancho has returned to Borussia Dortmund on a loan deal until the end of the season.

The 23-year-old made a name for himself with the Bundesliga giants after deciding to leave Manchester City's academy, but his time at Old Trafford has failed to meet expectations and the winger has gone back to Dortmund in an attempt to revive his career.

From one of the brightest youngsters in Europe to United's forgotten man, Sancho now has the opportunity to silence his critics at the Westfalenstadion.

Dortmund move the perfect choice for Sancho

In 2017, Sancho decided to take a risk and leave the comforts of the Manchester City academy and headed to the Bundesliga to sign for Borussia Dortmund.

The German giants paid a fee in the region of £8million for his services and he soon became the first Englishman to play in the Bundesliga for Dortmund.

Sancho was quickly rewarded with a long-term contract until 2022, and he continued to lead by example, winning the Bundesliga Player of the Month award in October 2018 after scoring three goals and an assist in just three matches.

Later that month, he became the first player born in 2000s to score in the Champions League, netting for Dortmund against Atletico Madrid.

The records continued to tumble for Sancho in Germany, as he broke Lukas Podolski's record to become the youngest player to score nine Bundesliga goals, aged 18 years and 336 days.

He also became the youngest-ever Dortmund player to score at least 10 goals in a single league campaign and it was this form that started to get him noticed across Europe.

Sancho won the DFL-Supercup and DFB-Pokal during his time in Germany and his form for Die Borussen soon caught the attention of Southgate.

Southgate the one to give Sancho his chance

Sancho came through the England ranks at youth level, representing youth teams at under-16, under-17 and under-19 levels.

After an impressive start to the 2018-19 campaign, Sancho was named in Southgate's squad in October 2018 ahead of Nations League matches against Croatia and Spain.

Since 2018, Sancho has made 23 appearances for his country, scoring three goals, but Southgate has not utilised him in recent times.

He was not included in England's squad for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, and that was mainly down to a slow start to life at Old Trafford.

Sancho's return to Manchester

Former Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was the man who tempted Sancho to return to his former stamping ground in July 2021, with United paying an initial £73million for his services.

Sancho's five-year contract showed the faith United had in him, but his first two campaigns at Old Trafford failed to catch fire.

The former City youngster scored three goals in 29 Premier League games in his first season at United, while he doubled that tally last year in 26 league appearances.

Sancho had hoped to build on his three appearances this season but after being exiled by Ten Hag, his Manchester United career is seemingly all but over.

Sancho unable to repair Ten Hag relationship

Within the last 18 months, Sancho has lost his England spot and has been omitted from the Manchester United squad.

Sancho was told to train away from the first team until his issues with Ten Hag are resolved. The former Ajax boss claimed Sancho's training displays were below standard and the winger has been unable to redeem himself, having not featured in any of United's first-team fixtures since.

Via social media, Sancho claimed he had been "a scapegoat for a long time", and that response only increased the tension between the pair.

Sancho has battled physical and mental issues of late, while the increased competition for places had done him no favours.

At Dortmund, he was sometimes unplayable, cutting in from either flank and using his pace to devastating effect.

Upon his return to Westfalenstadion, Sancho will be hopeful of recapturing the form that saw him contribute 114 goals and assists in 137 appearances for Die Schwarzgelben and established him as one of Europe's most feared prospects.

With Edin Terzić's outfit desperate to make ground on the top four, Sancho is priced at 10/1 to score 10 or more Bundesliga goals in the second half of the 2023/24 campaign.

"When I came into the dressing room today, it felt like coming home," Sancho said on his arrival at Dortmund.

The English forward will wear the No 10 shirt while at the Bundesliga side, where he will be hoping to play himself back into consideration for Gareth Southgate's England squad, ahead of this summer's European Championship.

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