There is still no solution in sight in the Jadon Sancho case. Does it all boil down to a departure from Manchester United as early as January?
Last season, Erik ten Hag once dropped goalscorer Marcus Rashford from the starting eleven because he was late for a team meeting on matchday. The alleged delay: 30 seconds. Accordingly, it is hardly surprising how rigidly Manchester United’s coach is currently dealing with Jadon Sancho.
The former Borussia Dortmund top scorer had indirectly accused ten Hag of lying in a social media post and has since been suspended for refusing to apologise. For more than six weeks, Sancho has therefore been training alone, is not even allowed to eat with his first-team colleague, according to consistent English media reports, and has to change in the youth area – even behind a closed door due to the club’s security rules.
ManUnited senior players apparently press Sancho for an apology
According to the Guardian, leading players from the squad have urged Sancho to finally apologise to ten Hag, who will probably only be satisfied with a credible admission of wrongdoing to end his ban. Otherwise, a departure after two and a half years at Old Trafford seems inevitable in the January transfer window. It would be a bitter end for the once 85-million-euro newcomer, who was never able to match his outstanding performances in the Bundesliga in the Premier League and in the meantime has also ceased to play a role in the English national team.
In his fateful post, which was later deleted, Sancho had complained about being made a “scapegoat”. Previously, ten Hag had left him out of the squad for the 3-1 defeat to Arsenal, citing insufficient training performance, which Sancho had described as “completely untrue”. It was not the first time in his career that the 23-year-old winger had been guilty of misconduct.