Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag passes the buck to Jadon Sancho
According to The Mirror, Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has made Jadon Sancho the master of his own destiny as their public standoff continues.
The 23-year-old has not played for the Red Devils since his public outburst against Ten Hag in the aftermath of the 3-1 loss to Arsenal earlier this season. The United boss was bitterly disappointed by the winger’s actions as he continues to train separately at Carrington.
Manchester United will visit the winless Burnley on Saturday night, as they will be hoping to snap their three-match losing streak. The Red Devils lost 4-3 to Bayern Munich in the middle of the week in the wake of the losses to Brighton and Arsenal in the Premier League.
Erik ten Hag’s team will be eager to change their fortunes at Turf Moor as they have only won two of their six competitive games thus far this season. They cannot afford to fall any further behind in the race for a top four finish.
Sancho publicly denied Ten Hag’s assertion that his performance in practice had caused his exclusion from the matchday squad on social media. Sancho, 23, has once more been ruled out of contention for this weekend’s match against Burnley, but Ten Hag has given him a chance to save his waning United career.
According to Mirror, Erik ten Hag told reporters at the press conference :
” It depends on him. For the rest, we are preparing for Burnley and that’s our focus. He will not be in the squad.”
Additionally, Antony is still absent from Ten Hag as he deals with off-field claims about his private life. This leaves us very short when it comes to senior options who can be deployed on the right flank.
After selecting Scott McTominay in the loss to Brighton, the United manager decided to turn to 21-year-old Facundo Pellistri to fill the vacuum on the right side against Bayern Munich. While he did have his moments, the young Uruguayan is far from a difference maker in the role.
While Sancho has seen his best days out on the left, he is capable of doing a job on the opposite flank if needed. This standoff helps neither him nor the club and it is in the player’s best interests to make a peace offering.
One could say that he might as well have played his last game for the Red Devils unless a compromise is reached. After all, Ten Hag backing down will certainly undermine his authority to the rest of the squad and the club as a whole.
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Ten Hag is starting to feel the pressure after overseeing three straight losses and four in United’s last five games. He has urged his players to keep together despite their shaky start to the season and downplayed rumours of a recent rift in the locker room as they seek to address their present rut.
Ten Hag and Sancho may now address the issue and restore their working relationship. United shall benefit if at all the unwanted situation is resolved.