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“He is not available”- Erik ten Hag raises concerns over Manchester United star’s future

Jadon Sancho of Manchester United.
Jadon Sancho of Manchester United. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag raises uncertainties over Jadon Sancho’s future

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag increased doubts about Jadon Sancho‘s future at the club, stating that the player is “not important.” Reporters (h/t Metro) asked Ten Hag about Sancho ahead of Saturday’s match against Brighton & Hove Albion.

The Red Devils boss engaged in a public dispute with the English forward after he criticized the player’s training performance. Ten Hag was responding to questions about Sancho’s omission from the matchday squad against Arsenal on September 3rd.

United suffered a 3-1 defeat to their rivals at Emirates Stadium. In reaction to his manager’s criticism, Sancho posted a message on the social platform X, but he has since deleted it. In the post, the 23-year-old accused the manager of using him as a scapegoat.

Borussia Dortmund could make a move for Manchester United star Jadon Sancho.
Manchester United forward Jadon Sancho’s future remains uncertain. (Photo by LEONARDO MUNOZ/AFP via Getty Images)

Reporters (h/t Metro) asked Ten Hag if he would contemplate playing Sancho again, to which the manager replied:

“I don’t think this subject is important. I think what is important is I have to prepare my team. So that’s what I do. It is also not about me; it is about the team and the club. I put my energy into giving the best performance tomorrow against Brighton. I prepare my team the best I can, I put all my effort into the players who are available. He [Sancho] is not available, so in this moment, he is not important, because he can’t contribute.”

Sancho declined to offer an apology to Ten Hag following their dispute, leading to his training away from the first-team squad. The English forward accused his United manager of employing double standards when it came to dealing with him compared to other United players.

The Daily Mail had previously reported that Ten Hag lacked authorization to publicly discuss Jadon Sancho’s mental health issues. However, the United manager disclosed private information about the English forward during an interview in December 2022.

Consequently, the club granted the 23-year-old a three-month period away from the spotlight to concentrate on his ‘physical and mental’ health.

Erik ten Hag not happy with 'movement' of Manchester United duo Jadon Sancho and Tyrell Malacia against Omonia Nicosia.
Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag and forward Jadon Sancho seem to have reached an impasse in their dispute. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

We had hoped that this controversy would subside once Premier League action resumed after the international break. United needs to redirect their full attention to football and address their poor form in the Premier League.

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The congested fixture period is just around the corner for United, with the Champions League opening fixture against Bayern Munich following the Brighton game.

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