Manchester United players seem to want Jadon Sancho’s Sancho.
Global media ESPN said on the 25th (Korea Standard Time), “Manchester United players urged Sancho to apologize.” After Sancho was excluded from the match against Arsenal earlier this month, rumors of a feud with manager Erik ten Haach arose. “He was expelled from the first-team training, but he has yet to apologize, and we don’t know when he will return,” he reported.
The media then said, “This situation has been going on for more than three weeks. Now, England’s teammates, including Marcus Rashford, Luke Shaw and Harry Maguire, have stepped up and told Sancho to visit manager Ten Hach and apologize. “The PFA is also looking for a way to mediate between Sancho and Tenhach,” he added.
Born in 2000 in England, Sancho grew up in the Manchester City Youth Academy. He then moved to Dortmund in 2017 without making his professional debut with Manchester City. It was from the 2018-19 season that Sancho, who gradually increased his chances to play, made his name known. At that time, Sancho scored 12 goals and 14 assists in the German Bundesliga.
His outstanding performance continued. He also scored 17 goals and 16 assists in the league the following season. Manchester United expressed interest in this. However, at first, the transfer negotiations did not go smoothly. Dortmund maintained that they could not sell Sancho, a key player.
But Manchester United maintained a steady interest. In the end, Sancho was brought in by investing 85 million euros (about 124.4 billion won) in the summer of 2021. Contrary to expectations, the first season was disappointing. Sancho scored three goals and three assists in 29 Premier League matches. It was different from Dortmund’s past three seasons in which it accumulated 20 to 30 offensive points in the league alone.
Last season also failed to show much impact. He tried to show a different appearance in the situation where Erik ten Haach was newly appointed, but things didn’t go well. In particular, Sancho suffered a setback in his condition management due to disease problems ahead of the FIFA Qatar World Cup 2022. In the end, he was also eliminated from the English national soccer team’s World Cup final roster.
Things have not changed much this season. Since the opening, he has only played as a substitute in three consecutive league games. In the fourth round match against Arsenal, he was excluded from the list. In fact, both left and right sides have been reduced to three options. Marcus Rashford, Alejandro Garnacho, Antony and Facundo Pellistri are stronger than Sancho.
In the end, problems arose. After Sancho was excluded from the list in the match against Arsenal, the last game before the A match break in September, manager Ten Haach said, “I did not choose Sancho after watching all the training processes. “At Manchester United, we always have to demand more than a certain level and show a right attitude,” he said, explaining the reason for Sancho’s exclusion from the list.
Sancho exploded. He wrote on his SNS, “Please don’t believe everything! I did very well in training this week. I think there is another reason why I couldn’t go to the game. I’ve been a scapegoat for a long time. All I want is to laugh and play soccer. I respect all the decisions made by the coaching staff. I will continue to fight for this team.”
This led to a rumor of discord with coach Tenhach. As the controversy intensified, the post has now been deleted. And after the A match break, he returned to the training ground. However, Manchester United said on the 14th, “Sancho will be excluded from the first-tier team training until the team’s discipline problem is resolved. We will conduct individual training,” an official announcement said.
In this regard, the British Telegraph said, “Sancho rejected Tenhach’s request for a public apology. As a result, he was immediately expelled from the first-team squad. Sancho said he considers himself a victim of the club’s double standards.
Sancho is under contract with Manchester United until the summer of 2026. However, for now, the future is very uncertain. He may seek a transfer through the transfer market as early as January. Under these circumstances, Manchester United’s teammates hope Sancho will apologize to manager Tenhach.