Manchester United head coach Erik ten Hag is said to have informed the club’s management that Jadon Sancho is a “disruptive influence” as the Red Devils attempt to cut relations with the Englishman in January.
Since challenging publically Ten Hag’s choice to leave him off the roster for the side’s loss to Arsenal in September, Sancho has been prohibited by the Dutchman from playing for the first team.
Ten Hag claimed to the media that Sancho missed the trip to the Emirates, where Man United lost 3-1, because of subpar workout efforts. The winger disputed this account.
Sancho, though, expressed his annoyance in a stridently worded social media comment that has since been taken down, stating that he had been used as a “scapegoat” in the midst of his ongoing troubles at Old Trafford.
Sancho is purportedly banned from the first-team group, denied access to Carrington facilities, and forced to share meals with the team’s younger players until he publicly and personally apologises to Ten Hag.
Sancho and Ten Hag don’t seem to be backing down, as the Englishman was once again absent from the weekend’s victory over Brentford, and there is currently no end to the matter in sight.
The Daily Mail reports that Ten Hag has now branded Sancho a terrible influence on the rest of the team, and his complaints about the 23-year-old go beyond merely what he perceives to be subpar training performances and purported tardiness.
Man United manager Ten Hag has reportedly observed a significant boost in team spirit among his players since Sancho’s removal from the group. He believes that the former Borussia Dortmund player was negatively impacting his teammates’ attitude.
As a result, the Red Devils are determined to part ways with Sancho during the upcoming January transfer window. A return to Dortmund has been mentioned as a potential destination for the attacker, but concerns about his timekeeping and off-field activities have caused hesitation.
Italian giants Juventus may be the only realistic option for a winter loan move. While Man United is open to a permanent transfer, they are holding out for a £60m fee, which neither Dortmund nor Juventus are currently willing to pay.
The Red Devils hope that a loan move for the second half of the season will help maintain Sancho’s value and potentially recoup a significant portion of the £73m they initially invested in him.
Sancho, who took a break last season to address physical and mental health issues, has had limited playing time this season, making only three substitute appearances before being excluded from the squad.