That was a concise clarification from Erik ten Hag on his conflab with Jadon Sancho: "I was not in discussions. I gave him some instructions." Sancho was ineffectual on the left but was summoned to the touchline to prepare for a role switch to the opposite flank.
It was from the right that Sancho teed up Anthony Martial to tap in. Sancho's second half started better than his first, with a lay-off that Bruno Fernandes larruped against the woodwork.
That was sharper decision-making than when Sancho dithered on the ball and played it behind Christian Eriksen, eliciting groans from the crowd. Exclusive: United considering other striker targets amid Spurs stance on Kane At United, staff like the "good kid" Sancho and Ten Hag is still hot-housing the 23-year-old.
Ten Hag has privately expressed frustration about Sancho's dilatory development in a season he was absent for three months through physical and mental reasons.Read more on manchestereveningnews.co.uk