England winger Jadon Sancho will not make another appearance for Manchester United after his public row with manager Erik ten Hag, according to one pundit.
Sancho did not even make the bench for Man Utd’s 3-1 defeat to Arsenal on Sunday, with Ten Hag instead selecting Marcus Rashford and Antony in his starting eleven and using Alejandro Garnacho and Facundo Pellistri as his substitute wingers.
After the loss, Ten Hag surprisingly revealed that Sancho had not been selected due to his sub-par performances in training.
But Sancho was not happy with this criticism. On social media, he stated that the claims he was not training properly are ‘completely untrue’. He added that he has been Man Utd’s scapegoat ‘for a long time’ and that this ‘isn’t fair’.
Ten Hag is reportedly furious with the 23-year-old for combating his authority so publicly. Former Man Utd and England goalkeeper Ben Foster has labelled Sancho ‘petulant’ and said he would be straight out of the exit door if Sir Alex Ferguson was still in charge.
Sancho was linked with a move to Saudi Arabia before their summer transfer window shut on Thursday. Steven Gerrard’s Al Ettifaq were interested in him, but they could not afford the £50m fee that would have followed an initial loan move. This is because Al Ettifaq are not owned by the country’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), unlike some of their rivals.
Former Liverpool and Nottingham Forest striker Stan Collymore has now claimed that Sancho will never play for Man Utd again. And Collymore even suggested the former Borussia Dortmund ace could link up with Jose Mourinho at Roma next.
‘I just don’t see how he could ever come back from it,’ Collymore wrote in his column for CaughtOffside. ‘I actually believe the Red Devils will look to offload him, either on loan or permanently, at the next opportunity. The whole situation is very reminiscent of Romelu Lukaku’s second spell at Chelsea.
Man Utd must cut ties with Jadon Sancho – pundit
‘I know there are reports that he’s set for crunch talks with his manager and the coaching staff but I don’t think we’ll ever see Sancho play for United again.
‘An old interview he did while playing for Dortmund has resurfaced. In that interview, Sancho said something very similar about being made the club’s scapegoat so it seems to be a bit of a trend. It may be the truth; he could have just been really unlucky but almost every manager and coach will now be wary of him because he’s given himself this reputation of being a problematic player that, according to his current boss, isn’t the best trainer.
‘So it’s going to be difficult for him, and United, to find a club willing to take him; certainly in the Premier League anyway. I think European clubs are more likely to want him.
‘I wouldn’t be surprised if Dortmund and Bayern Munich tried to bring him back to the Bundesliga but I feel Serie A would actually be the best destination for him at this stage. Working under Jose Mourinho at Roma might not be a bad idea but I don’t think he’ll have many takers in England.’
Sancho has previously been of interest to Man Utd’s English rivals Tottenham and Aston Villa. But, as Collymore states, they might now be put off by Ten Hag’s claims about him not training properly.
If Roma are offered the chance to sign Sancho for a cut-price fee, then the move could end up being a great one for Mourinho. Sancho would likely thrive away from the intense spotlight that surrounds Man Utd.
There is also good reason to suggest that Sancho thrives when he is considered one of the main men in his team. This would be the case at Roma, whereas Ten Hag has several other top attackers he can utilise instead.