Man Utd manager Erik ten Hag has no intention of backing down from his clash with Jadon Sancho; Ten Hag will not allow Sancho to return to first team training until he apologizes; watch Man Utd vs Palace on Tuesday, live on Sky Sports Football from 7.30pm; start at 8 pm
By Kaveh Solhekol and Melissa Reddy
11:10 p.m., United Kingdom, Tuesday, September 26, 2023
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has no intention of backing down from his clash with Jadon Sancho.
Sancho has not appeared at the club this month after saying on social media that he has been “a scapegoat for a long time” on September 3.
This was in response to Ten Hag claiming he did not select the winger in the squad for the defeat to Arsenal due to his “performance in training”.
United had hoped the matter would have been resolved during the international break, with director of football John Murtough and chief executive Richard Arnold attempting to mediate.
There is still no commitment from either party and United maintain that an apology from Sancho to Ten Hag is key to a resolution.
The Dutchman declined to comment when asked about the situation following United’s defeat. 3-0 win over Crystal Palace in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night.
Ten Hag cannot allow a player to publicly undermine his authority (he was effectively called a liar), in a clear violation of disciplinary rules.
The Association of Professional Footballers has offered its support to Sancho, who feels unfairly treated. Sky Sports News It has been said that United’s senior players have also tried to remedy the situation.
Some players sympathize with Sancho but no one believes he should have posted the now-deleted message on xformerly known as Twitter, that It had been viewed more than 60 million times.
Sancho, who deactivated his Instagram account on Tuesday morning, has been separated from the first team group since September 14.
United insist they are not “isolating” but are following an individual training program using the Academy facilities in Carrington.
The 23-year-old is still under the supervision of fitness staff and trainers, has medical support and access to all other essentials on the training ground. The club say he is simply operating outside the first-team environment until the issue is resolved.
This is not the first time the England international has been excluded from United training with Ten Hag, with Sancho undergoing an individual fitness program in the Netherlands last season that saw him watch the World Cup from far.
During that period, Sancho did not play for United between October 22 and February 1, but did play in the Carabao Cup final over Newcastle upon his return and finished last season with seven goals and three assists for United. .
Sancho’s latest absence from the first-team squad raises concerns over his numbers at right-back, with Antony delaying his return to the club amid assault allegations.
The Brazilian winger denies the allegations but has been granted leave with full pay and is not suspended.
Townsend: What Ten Hag said wasn’t personal | —Who advises Sancho?
Andros Townsend, former Crystal Palace and Everton winger:
“I’ve been where Jadon Sancho is. I’ve been that young, emotional winger. I made tons of mistakes, just based on pure emotions. In a few days, when the dust settles, you realize you made a mistake and apologize, something that Sancho has not done.
“I wonder who is advising him, who is in his ear? Veteran players should tell him, agents should tell him, close friends and family should tell him.
“I don’t think what the coach said was personal. The only thing he said was that Sancho hadn’t trained well and that’s why he wasn’t playing. It was a professional opinion. Calling the coach a liar… there’s only going to be one winner there.” .
What Ten Hag and Sancho said about each other
“Because of his performance in training we didn’t select him,” Ten Hag said when asked about Sancho’s absence from the squad following the 3-1 defeat to Arsenal.
“You have to reach the level every day at Manchester United. You can make decisions on the first line, so in this match he was not selected.”
But following Ten Hag’s comments in the post-match press conference, Sancho issued a statement regarding x saying, “Please don’t believe everything you read!
“I won’t allow people to say things that are completely false. This week I have been very good in training.
“I think there are other reasons for this matter that I won’t go into. I’ve been a scapegoat for a long time, which isn’t fair!
“All I want to do is play football with a smile on my face and contribute to my team.”