Ten Hag Stands Firm After Conflict with Sancho

by | Sep 4, 2023 | Football

According to information obtained, Manchester United’s coach, Erik ten Hag, has decided not to make any kind of retraction regarding his comment made last Sunday (3) about the absence of midfielder Jadon Sancho in the match against Arsenal in the Premier League, even after Sancho responded furiously to the coach on social media.

Sancho wasn’t even included in the list of players for the classic match at Emirates Stadium, where the Red Devils were defeated 3-1 in a comeback victory. After the game, Ten Hag stated that the absence of the former Borussia Dortmund player was “due to his performance in training.”
An hour after the coach’s statement, Sancho used his social media to strongly contest Ten Hag.

In a statement on X (formerly known as Twitter), Sancho didn’t hold back in expressing his dissatisfaction with Ten Hag.

“Please, don’t believe everything you read! I trained very well during the week. I believe there are other reasons [for not being included], but I won’t get into that. I’ve been a scapegoat for a long time, and that’s not fair,” he posted.

According to sources, Ten Hag became aware of Sancho’s response during the team’s return trip to Manchester. However, he remained steadfast in his decision not to retract or clarify his statements.

People interviewed claim that the Dutch coach believes he was “clear” about the reasons for not including Sancho. Furthermore, he intends to continue defending his opinion that the player didn’t deserve a place in the team due to his performance in training during the week.
Sancho, 23 years old, joined United from Borussia Dortmund in 2021 for a fee of £73 million. So far, he has only entered the field three times this season, always as a substitute.

According to information, Sancho may face penalties from United’s management for publicly addressing his case on social media.

However, this is just another episode of conflict between Ten Hag and his players since taking over the helm at Old Trafford. In November 2022, when Cristiano Ronaldo stated in an interview that he “had no respect” for the coach, the Portuguese star had his contract terminated and moved to Al Nassr in Saudi Arabia.

In December of last year, striker Marcus Rashford was left out even from the bench in a match against Wolverhampton after arriving late to a training session.

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