Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag reportedly remains firm on what he said about Jadon Sancho’s omission from his squad against Arsenal on Sunday.
Man United boss Ten Hag raised many eyebrows when he dropped Sancho from his travelling squad to face Arsenal in the Premier League.
Loads of questions were asked on his absence but the former Ajax manager resisted the temptation to comment on Sancho’s absence.
After Manchester United succumbed to a 3-1 defeat at Arsenal, following a series of controversial decisions from VAR and referee Anthony Taylor, Ten Hag felt it was right to give lights on Sancho’s omission from the team.
Speaking after the defeat, he said: “On his performance in training we didn’t select him [Sancho]. You have to reach the level every day at Manchester United. You can make choices in the front line, so in this game he wasn’t selected.”
Sancho was quick to defend himself of Ten Hag’s claim and took to Twitter to inform his fans that some of what his boss said aren’t true and felt the need to reveal that he’s been a scapegoat on a number of occasion.
Among many other things said, the former Dortmund forward said: “I believe there are other reasons to this matter [his omission from the team] that I won’t go into, I’ve been a scapegoat for a long time which isn’t fair.”
“All I want to do is to play football with a smile on my face and contribute to my team. I will continue to fight for this badge no matter what.”
Erik ten Hag’s statement on Sancho’s absence and the forward’s reaction have caused division among the Manchester United fanbase, with one half claiming Sancho’s career at Old Trafford might be over.
According to ESPN, Ten Hag doesn’t feel he went too far on what he said of Jadon Sancho’s omission from his travelling squad.
Erik ten Hag stands firm by his comments regarding Jadon Sancho's omission from the #mufc squad despite the forward's social media reaction to his claims. [Rob Dawson, ESPN] pic.twitter.com/s64i8nfAgn
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Both parties will look to resolve this issue before Manchester United’s next Premier League game against Brighton at Old Trafford after the international break.
Erik ten Hag has made it clear that playing ‘good’ isn’t enough as he is striving for excellence, regardless of the competition.