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Opinion: Marcus Rashford Return Could be the key to Unlocking Jadon Sancho

While the player he replaced, Jadon Sancho, continues to struggle, Marcus Rashford came off the bench to highlight his value to this Manchester United team.

The Englishman made an immediate impact at the King Power Stadium after scoring two goals in a friendly against Blackburn Rovers during the international break. Rashford took a dart from the left touchline over Leicester's defence, which Victor Lindelof picked out, and he kept his cool to smash the ball past Kasper Schmeichel.

It was similar to Rashford's goal from a Lindelof ball at Bramhall Lane last season. With almost 10 minutes remaining, the England international equalized, but they regained parity for a few seconds before the Foxes came out 4-2 victors.

So, what's next for Sancho?

After his two assists for England against Andorra, it was believed that Sancho's performance for his nation would mirror his Dortmund start last season. However, he had yet another tough day against Brendan Rodgers' side.

Only Bruno Fernandes (8) made more crucial passes than the man (3) who was signed for £73 million (BBC Sport). However, Youri Tielemans forced him off the ball in another, resulting in a dangerous counter-attacking phase of play for the hosts.

He simply hasn't got that one moment that makes you think he's ready to start his Manchester United career. With Rashford's comeback, the battle for attacking positions has heated up even more.

And with Mason Greenwood likely to be in command of the right-hand starting berth, Sancho may be pitted against Rashford on the left flank ahead of a pivotal week for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side.

Rashford could bring best out of Sancho

In England's heartbreaking final defeat to Italy, both Sancho and Rashford missed penalties. Rashford, on the other hand, appears to be on a mission to make up for missed time following shoulder surgery. Sancho, on the other hand, appears to be down on himself and is trying to integrate and assert himself in United's attack.

Sancho will have to settle for cameo appearances off the bench as a result of Rashford's comeback, and it may be that direct battle with his good buddy for a spot in Solskjaer's starting line-up that brings out the best in him.

If he doesn't rise to the challenge, he may find himself on the bench frequently, watching Greenwood and Rashford thrive. When victory is guaranteed and he has the freedom to go and assert himself on the pitch, it might take a cameo appearance for him to score his first goal for the club.

Now that Rashford has returned to the first team, he will look to coach and help Sancho through this difficult moment. Let's hope it won't be long until we see both Rashford and Sancho in full flow, tormenting defenses and helping Manchester United win games.

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