World Football

Jadon Sancho’s January homecoming to Dortmund off

Ashmit SinhaAshmit Sinha

September 11 2023
Jadon Sancho Borussia Dortmund

He moved to Old Trafford from Dortmund in 2021

Jadon Sancho has very severely fallen out of favour with manager Erik Ten Hag at Manchester United. What could’ve been a simple disciplinary issue within the squad turned into a public spat between Ten Hag and the English winger.

The issue came to light after Manchester United’s 3-1 loss to Arsenal at the Emirates. In the post-match media interactions, when Ten Hag was asked about Sancho’s absence from the roster of the day, he replied. –

“Jadon, on his performances in training we did not select him.

“You have to reach a level every day at Manchester United and we can make choices in the front line. So, for this game he was not selected.”

Many expected the topic to end there as most of the focus was on United’s loss to Arsenal.

However, that was far from what happened as after Ten Hag’s comments about Sancho slacking in training, the former Borussia Dortmund man put out a social media post in which he effectively accused the manager of lying and using him as a scapegoat.

“I will not allow people saying things that is completely untrue,” wrote Sancho. “I have conducted myself in training very well in training.

“I believe there are other reasons for this matter that I won’t go into. l’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.

“I respect all decisions that are made by the coaching staff, I play with fantastic players and (am) grateful to do so which I know every week is a challenge. I will continue to fight for this badge no matter what!”

Ten Hag is known as a strict disciplinarian, his image as a strict operator was reaffirmed when talisman Cristiano Ronaldo was lobbied out of Manchester United, and when he decided to bench Marcus Rashford for a game because he turned up for a team meeting late.

As the matter has escalated, it is assumed that Sancho is highly unlikely to return to first-team training given Ten Hag’s approach to man management.

Sancho is being linked with a move away from Old Trafford to various other clubs. The top contender up until now was his former team Borussia Dortmund. He arrived from the German team in 2021 on a transfer fee of 73 million pounds.

However, the move back is reported to have collapsed as Dortmund cannot match his weekly wages at United. Sancho is paid £350,000 per week at Old Trafford, making him the second-highest-earning player in the team. In comparison, the highest-earning player in the Dortmund squad is Sébastien Haller earning £182,379 per week.

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