Despite 13-time English Premier League champions Manchester United finally putting an end to their disappointing three-game losing streak in all competitions, fans cannot help put to keep an eye on the latest news surrounding unwanted forward Jadon Sancho, who has been suspended internally by the club due to his public feud with 53-year-old manager Erik ten Hag. Due to this incident, several teammates within the Red Devil camp, especially the England ones like Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw and Marcus Rashford have all urged the 23-year-old Jadon Sancho to end the standoff with the Dutchman according to recent reports.
How Did the Jadon Sancho-Erik ten Hag Feud Start?
The public standoff between the England international and the Dutch manager happened when Jadon Sancho was left out of the Manchester United’s squad that travelled to Emirates to face Arsenal, in which the Red Devils were defeated thanks to two late goals by Declan Rice and Gabriel Jesus. During the post-match interview, the 53-year-old manager cited Jadon Sancho’s absence as poor performances in training, he said: “Jadon, on his performance in training, was not selected. You have to reach a level at Manchester United every day and we can make choices in the front line. So for this game he was not selected.”
The comment did not sit well with the 23-year-old English star, who needs to fight for his position this season since his move to Manchester United from German Bundesliga 1 club Borussia Dortmund as well as the arrival of another right winger Antony from Ajax. Jadon Sancho took to his social media to express his dissatisfaction over ten Hag’s remarks. His response goes “Please don’t believe everything you read! I will not allow people saying things that is completely untrue, I have conducted myself in training very well this week. I believe 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!”
The former Manchester City graduate also added: “All I want to do is play football with a smile on my face and contribute to my team. I respect all decisions made by the coaching staff, I play with fantastic players and grateful to do so which I know every week is a challenge. I’ll continue to fight for this badge no matter what.” Since then, Jadon Sancho has been suspended by the club for his statement against club manager ten Hag and was forced to train away from the first team while waiting for a further decision from the club.
Jadon Sancho speaks out after Erik ten Hag commented on his recent performance in training. pic.twitter.com/cJh0Beb7fe
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England and United Teammates Told Jadon Sancho to Make Amends
With the rocky start to the 2023/2024 Season, coupled with a long list of injured and unavailable players, immense tensions between Jadon Sancho and Erik ten Hag is the last thing you want as a Manchester United player, personnel or fan. In light of this event, Sancho’s fellow Red Devils and England teammates namely ex-club captain Maguire, United’s last season’s top scorer Rashford and left-back Shaw have all encouraged Jadon Sancho to make an apology to the Dutchman.
Based on reliable sources, these three senior colleagues symphathised how Sancho is feeling, but they all believed that he has crossed the line and the easy solution to the issue is an apology to the gaffer. The trio’s concerns are also something to do with United’s aspirations to return to the top of English and European club football this season, having already lost two right wingers in Mason Greenwood (Loaned to Getafe) and Antony (Internal suspension due to a court case).
Unlike Sancho’s situation with Manchester United, his former club teammate and another England player Jude Bellingham has been shinning for both his new home of Real Madrid and the Three Lions with goals and assists this season thus far, click here for more information.
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The Ups and Downs of Jadon Sancho’s Football Career
If we take a look at Jadon Sancho’s career before joining Manchester United in the 2021/2022 Season, the Camberwell-born player has been a star in the making. After graduated from the Manchester City academy, the right winger was transferred to Dortmund with a transfer fee of £8 million, and in those 137 appearances he made a total goal contribution of 114 (50 goals and 64 assists). The incredible statistics saw him bag the DFB-Pokal and the DFL-Supercup in addition to his individual honours of multiple selections to the VDV Team of the Season, Bundesliga Team of the Season, Bundesliga Player of the Month awards, etc.
Nevertheless, it was during the end of the 2020/2021 Season that witnessed the start of Jadon Sancho’s form declination, as he was troubled by the nightmare shootout he had for England against Italy in the final of the UEFA Euro 2020 after being brought on as a 120th-minute substitute by manager Gareth Southgate. The missed penalty and the constant change in the management staff caused a ripple effect to Jadon Sancho’s Manchester United career, whom he only managed to score 12 goals in 82 appearances and failed to replicate his Dortmund form at.
To rub salt into the wound, during ten Hag’s first year in charge of the Red Devils, the Dutchman signed his former disciple of Antony from Ajax, making the competition even fiercer for a player who needed to prove his worth like Jadon Sancho. Erik ten Hag also sent the 2017 UEFA European Under-17 Championship Golden Player to the Netherlands for an individual programme to restore the player’s mental and physical strength midway through the 2022/2023 Season.
Should Sancho Apologise to ten Hag or Should He Leave the Club in January?
Hopes are still intact for Jadon Sancho to save his Manchester United career, should he be able to swallow his pride and apologise to manager Erik ten Hag. But if the 23-year-old is unwilling to do so, then the only possible solution is to have the England winger leave the club by the next transfer window or during next year’s summer.
Folks at https://www.watchworldcup.org/, do you think Sancho deserve to be treated like this by his gaffer ten Hag, or do you think the player should seek for a move soon? Leave us a message in the comment section below now!