Champions League: Jadon Sancho Becomes First Man United Player to Reach the Semis Since 2011

Champions League: Jadon Sancho Becomes First Man United Player to Reach the Semis Since 2011

Fred Kennedy
April 17, 2024 at 7:00 AM
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  • Jadon Sancho is on loan with Borussia Dortmund from Manchester United
  • The forward was part of the Dortmund outfit that beat Atletico Madrid 4-2
  • Dortmund's win earned them a spot in the semis of the Champions League

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Jadon Sancho has become the first Manchester United player to reach the Champions League semi-final since 2011.

The embattled English star was part of the Borussia Dortmund squad that booked a place in the last four of the tournament on Tuesday night.

The German side sailed through after beating Atletico Madrid 5-4 on aggregate at Signal Park.

Jadon Sancho reacts during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second-leg match between Borussia Dortmund and Atletico Madrid at Signal Iduna Park. Photo by Hendrik Deckers.
Jadon Sancho reacts during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second-leg match between Borussia Dortmund and Atletico Madrid at Signal Iduna Park. Photo by Hendrik Deckers.
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Having lost 2-1 in the first leg played in Spain last week, Dortmund needed nothing short of a win at home to progress.

A goal each from Julian Brandt, Ian Maatsen, Niclas Fullkrug and Marcel Sabitzer got the job done for the Bundesliga giants, with Atletico exiting the tournament.

ESPN reports that Dortmund's progression saw Sancho become the first United player to qualify for the semi-finals of the Champions League since 2011.

The Red Devils have not gone past the last eight of the European elite competition for the last 13 years, with their best attempt being the quarter-finals.

This season, they were eliminated in the group stages under the tutelage of Erik ten Hag.

United's group was composed of Bayern Munich, FC Copenhagen, and Turkish giants Galatasaray.

Will Sancho return to Man United?

Meanwhile, Sancho is currently at Dortmund on loan from Old Trafford, having rejoined the club during the January transfer window.

The winger was shipped out temporarily after he fell out with Ten Hag back in September 2023.

At the time, the duo clashed after Sancho called out the Dutchman on social media over public criticism.

The England international will remain at Dortmund until the end of the season, when he will return to Man United.

Be that as it may, Football365 claims that there are still huge question marks over the forward's future at the club, especially if Ten Hag remains in charge.

Sancho struggles against PSV

Earlier, Sports Brief reported on Sancho struggling to impress when he made his return to the Champions League against PSV Eindhoven.

His performances in the first leg tie were below par, as he failed to register a goal or assist in the game.

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