Jadon Sancho’s exile from the Man Utd first-team reportedly extends beyond the pitch – with the England international banned from eating with Erik ten Hag’s squad
Jadon Sancho’s exile from Manchester United’s first team apparently extends beyond training, with the England international barred from dining with the team.
Erik ten Hag has removed Sancho from the first-team squad following a public spat with his manager in which he accused the Dutchman of lying about the cause for his absence from the squad that lost 3-1 to Arsenal. Ten Hag stated in his post-match interview that Sancho was kept out of the game at the Emirates Stadium on September 3 owing to poor training performances, which Sancho responded to on social media.
In a now-deleted Twitter tweet, the £73 million signing from Borussia Dortmund in 2021 lambasted his management. “Please don’t believe everything you read!” wrote Sancho. I will not tolerate individuals expressing things that are entirely false. This week, I performed admirably in training. I believe there are more reasons for this, which I will not discuss. It’s not fair that I’ve been used as a scapegoat for so long!”
Despite appearing to have taken the first steps towards reconciliation with his boss by removing the tweet, Sancho has now failed to apologise to Ten Hag, who has consequently suspended him from the first-team. According to The Mirror, Sancho’s restriction applies to all first-team facilities at Carrington, including the state-of-the-art eating facilities.
Sancho is claimed to be ‘disappointed’ that he has been barred from accessing first-team areas, forcing him to practise away from his teammates and eat with academy players. According to a United insider, the situation between Sancho and Ten Hag has reached a “impasse”.
This ultimately means there is no way back for the 23-year-old at Old Trafford unless he apologises to his boss, with Ten Hag not willing to back down despite a lack of options at right-wing. A source at United is said to have claimed: “There is an easy way to resolve this situation, which is for Jadon to say sorry to the manager. Something has to give – and it won’t be the manager.”
Tensions are believed to have built behind the scenes, with Sancho understood to have been late for training on several occasions, and the winger’s provocative post on social media has proven to be the last straw for Ten Hag.
After a bright beginning to last season, Sancho was given four months off by Ten Hag last November as he dealt with physical and mental issues, later returning on February 1. He won a regular place at the end of the season, starting nine of United’s final 11 games.