It’s been a very dramatic season so far for Manchester United for a number of reasons, one of which is Jadon Sancho.
Erik ten Hag has had a lot to do when it comes to player selection, mainly due to the number of injuries. Alongside that was Mason Greenwood’s exit, Antony’s temporary absence and the public falling out with Sancho, which has seen the England winger perpetually frozen out by the Dutch coach.
The situation with Sancho has been long enough now that many are wondering if he will leave in January, despite only arriving in 2021 after a long chase for a whopping £73m.
Here’s a look at the current situation and whether he will actually go at the next opportunity.
Jadon Sancho made just three appearances this season before the event / Stu Forster/GettyImages
It’s fair to say that Jadon Sancho has never found his best form at Manchester United, but he seems to have had a perfectly good relationship with Ten Hag last season. The manager allowed Sancho a three-month absence from the club as a sort of reset period and arranged for him to train with a Dutch team. There was a slight upturn in form when Sancho came back, but it’s been downhill from there.
Things came to a head after the loss against Arsenal in September 2023. Sancho was not in the squad for that game and when asked about him, Ten Hag said: “About his performance in training we didn’t pick him. You have to score every day at Manchester United.”
As reported by The Athletic, Sancho did not commit to training in the way expected before the Arsenal game and that is what angered Ten Hag. The situation flared up when Sancho shared a post on social media in which he responded to Ten Hag’s comments which he called “completely untrue” and said he had been “mixed up” for some time.
He has had no first team involvement since the first chance to apologize to Ten Hag was missed and it seems the only way he will play for United again is if he apologises, face to face, with that apology allowed. to inform the club before he is taken back into the game. The thing is, Sancho has shown no signs of doing so.
Jadon Sancho needs to apologize to Erik ten Hag / Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/GettyImages
Since being frozen out, he has been training with the youth team, with players speaking highly of the 23-year-old’s game. Certain actions may not have pleased Ten Hag, such as his trip to the US for a birthday party, the time he spent at a London nightclub and the fact that he is believed to have been playing EA Sports FC 24 in the early hours of the morning. morning
With no apology in sight, it is time for the club to think about the future as he is an expensive asset. 90min understands that the ideal destination for Sancho would be former club Borussia Dortmund. However, there are many problems surrounding that transfer. One of the options being considered is an 18-month loan agreement with recall on both sides in each window.
United would prefer a permanent sale, but would be willing to accept a long-term loan as they eventually recoup most of the money they paid for Sancho in 2021.
His contract at Old Trafford runs until 2026m so if there is no apology something will have to be done. The financial side of a deal with Dortmund would be difficult as Sancho earns more than £200,000 a week. United would have to contribute to those wages if a loan agreement was reached.
Other clubs in Germany, as well as some in Italy and Spain have shown interest. Juventus have been mentioned as they lack attacking options. 90 min understands that West Ham are also interested, which could be attractive to Sancho as it means staying in the Premier League and returning to London.
United fans had been clamoring for Jadon Sancho for a long time before he actually arrived as his form at Dortmund had been electric. He scored 50 goals and provided 64 assists in 137 games for the German team, but that has not been the case in Manchester.
Positional issues, such as the fact that he would prefer to play Marcus Rashford on the left, as well as confidence issues, mean that every Sancho goal for United has proved to be a false dawn.
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