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Jadon Sancho compared to failed Manchester United winger amid Chelsea links



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Erik ten Hag and Jadon Sancho have had a somewhat public feud in the last few days at Manchester United amid transfer links to Chelsea.

One talking point ahead of Manchester United‘s 3-1 loss against Arsenal was that Scott McTominay and Jadon Sancho were not in the squad – but many did not think much of it beyond assuming injury.

However, when Erik ten Hag was questioned as to why they were not at the Emirates Stadium after the game, he revealed that although McTominay was simply ill, Sanchow was not selected due to his lack of high training levels.

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“On his performance in training we didn’t select him,” Ten Hag said in his post-match press conference. “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.”

This was then coupled with Jadon Sancho releasing a statement claiming that he is being “scapegoated”, and that he is conducting himself “very well” in training.

This, of course, came as a shock to Ten Hag, who was informed of the statement on the bus back to Manchester that evening – but decided that no further clarity was needed on the situation, with the club giving the same line.

Recently, it was revealed that Chelsea had been considering approaching United for Sancho in the summer, but had concerns about his mindset, and went with Manchester City‘s Cole Palmer instead.

Speaking about the incident, former player Glen Johnson has compared Sancho to a previous winger who failed to break into the team; Wilfried Zaha.

“If you’re not getting in Manchester United’s squad, then you’re not getting into Chelsea’s,” Johnson told BetFred.

“Jadon came to the Premier League with a lot of potential, but that potential only lasts so long and you need to start proving it. He joined a huge club with a massive reputation and he hasn’t done anything.

“He’s a bit like Wilfried Zaha, a player that offers an awful lot but offers very little. If you can’t work hard in training then you’re not going to play and as he’s currently not good enough for Manchester United, then he’s not going to be good enough for Chelsea.”