Since his £73 million transfer from Borussia Dortmund two years ago, the United winger has struggled to meet expectations. His recent absence from the matchday squad, as explained by Erik ten Hag following Arsenal’s victory over United, was attributed to his failure to meet the required training standards.
In response, Sancho expressed his frustration online, asserting that he was unfairly made a ‘scapegoat’ for the team’s challenges. However, his United teammates have not rallied behind him in his dispute with the manager, and some players have become weary of his actions, as outlined in ESPN’s report.
This incident has cast doubts on Sancho’s future at Old Trafford, and due to the failure of Saudi Arabia’s late pursuit of the forward, he will remain at the club at least until January.”
Concerns about Sancho’s punctuality and attitude have persisted, with questions about his demeanor at Manchester United also arising during his time with the England national team.
His social media post, which remains prominently displayed on his profile, has not impressed United’s players, who are disappointed with how the young player has managed the situation.
Erik ten Hag’s no-nonsense approach is respected by the United players because it applies uniformly to everyone, regardless of their status within the team. Last season, Marcus Rashford was reprimanded by Ten Hag for arriving late for the team coach, resulting in his exclusion from that day’s match against Wolves. Despite being benched, Rashford later scored in the Premier League clash and understood the manager’s strict decision.
Sancho’s response, however, has been quite different, and members of United’s first-team are not surprised by his handling of criticism.
The road to reconciliation will be challenging, with discussions scheduled between the player and Erik ten Hag before United’s first game following the international break against Brighton.