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Sources: Manchester United boss Ten Hag stands by Sancho’s comments

Sources: Manchester United boss Ten Hag stands by Sancho’s comments

Rob DawsonReporterSept. 4, 2023 at 06:08 AM ET3 minutes to read

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Erik ten Hag stands by for his comments about Sources have told ESPN that Jadon Sancho will not be part of the Manchester United squad, despite the forward’s furious response to his manager’s claims.

Sancho was left out of the squad during Sunday’s 3-1 defeat by Arsenal, with Ten Hag saying afterwards: “Because of his performance in training, we didn’t pick him.”

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But within an hour, Sancho responded by insisting that Ten Hag’s remarks were “absolutely untrue”.

“Please don’t believe everything you read! I did very well in training this week,” Sancho added in a statement posted to X.

“I guess there are other reasons for this that I won’t go into, I’ve been a scapegoat for so long and it’s not fair!”

Ten Hag was informed of Sancho’s response on the flight back to Manchester from London on Sunday night but decided not to issue a clarification for his post-match comments.

According to the sources, he is believed to have been clear about the reasons for Sancho’s exclusion and adheres to the opinion that he does not deserve a place in the team due to his performance in training.

Jadon Sancho was not selected for Manchester United’s Premier League defeat to Arsenal.Photo by Joe Prior/Vigenhaus via Getty Images

The 23-year-old, who moved to Old Trafford from Borussia Dortmund in a £73m ($92m) deal in 2021, has made three substitute appearances so far this season.

Sancho has risked disciplinary action for his social media posts.

Ten Hag has acted quickly to eradicate perceived indiscipline at United in the past.

When Cristiano Ronaldo said in an interview in November 2022 that he had “no respect” for Ten Hag, the Portuguese striker’s contract was canceled by mutual consent before completing the move to Al Nassr.

In December, Marcus Rashford was benched for a match against Wolves after arriving late for a team meeting.

Sources have told ESPN that United are hoping to use extended transfer spells in Turkey and Saudi Arabia to offload Eric Bailly and Donny van de Beek.

The European window closed on Friday with the duo – both out of favor – remaining at Old Trafford.

Bailey was not part of the squad for the summer tour of the United States and was training with the reserves.

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