Jadon Sancho: The Struggles at Manchester United Continue
Jadon Sancho’s name was absent from the registration list for the match between Manchester United and Arsenal, a bitter 1-3 defeat for the Manchester side at the Emirates. According to an explanation by coach Erik Ten Hag, “Sancho wasn’t chosen because of what he showed in training.” “A player must meet high standards every day to be in the starting lineup,” the Dutch strategist added.
On Sunday evening (3rd September), through social media, Sancho pleaded with everyone to “not believe everything you hear.” “I won’t allow anyone to spread falsehoods because, in reality, I have trained exceptionally well this past week,” the English star wrote.
Sancho also shared, “I believe there are other reasons behind this that I am not at liberty to disclose. I have been unfairly turned into a scapegoat for quite some time. It’s unjust. All I want to do is play with a smile on my face, support the team. I respect all decisions made by the coaching staff and I am grateful for the opportunity to stand beside the amazing players who make each week a challenge. I will continue to fight for the club no matter what happens.”
Sancho believes he has been made the scapegoat for Manchester United’s failures.
Witnessing the unrest at his former club, former defender Rio Ferdinand expressed his belief in a difference in perspectives between Sancho and Ten Hag. He said, “Sancho may think he has trained well, but the coach may have different standards.”
According to the Red Devils legend, publicly challenging the coach will mark the end of Sancho’s future at Old Trafford. “There are two ways to end this situation,” Ferdinand stated, “either Sancho has to go to Saudi Arabia, an open market that welcomes stars from around the world, or he has to sit on the bench and never feature for the remainder of the season.”
Sancho joined Manchester United from Dortmund in the summer of 2021 for £73 million. However, two seasons have passed and the English player has yet to demonstrate the expected level of performance. This season, Sancho has made three substitute appearances before being completely left out of the match against Arsenal.
When asked about the possibility of returning to coach the Thai national team, Coach Kiatisuk declined to comment.