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Man United source explains underlying reasoning for Jadon Sancho’s Erik ten Hag statement



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A source from inside Manchester United has explained the underlying reasons why Jadon Sancho was so firm on his stance with Erik ten Hag.

Although it feels like a lifetime ago, earlier this season, Jadon Sancho and Erik ten Hag had a public falling out that set the tone for a series of unfortunate events at Manchester United.

Sancho has not kicked a ball for United since the end of August. He was left out of a Premier League squad to face Arsenal, with Ten Hag citing poor training performances before Sancho then rebuked this in a social media statement.

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“Please don’t believe everything you read! I will not allow people saying things that is completely untrue, I have conducted myself in training very well this week,” Sancho claimed in the aftermath of the 3-1 result.

“I believe there are other reasons for this matter 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 play football with a smile on my face and contribute to my team. I respect all decisions that are made by the coaching staff, I play with fantastic players and grateful to do so which I know every week is a challenge.

“I will continue to fight for this badge no matter what!”

Following this, Ten Hag asked Sancho to apologise for his words, as they effectively branded the Dutchman as a liar, but Sancho refused to do so. And now, a source has revealed to ESPN the underlying reason why Sancho chose to stand his ground.

It is claimed that Sancho’s frustration surrounding what he believed to be unfair treatment from Ten Hag stemmed from a core belief that his performances were being unfairly judged more harshly than others.

It is mentioned specifically that this was in comparison to others Ten Hag had signed himself, which may be alluding to Antony, the £85 million winger who had joined Old Trafford from Ajax the summer before.

The social media post was said to have been motivated by anger at Ten Hag’s comments and others being selected ahead of him despite a perceived lack of justification.

“He basically called the manager a liar, and that was the problem,” a United source told ESPN. “That’s why the ball was always back in Jadon’s court. He could have solved it easily.”

Sancho eventually left the club on loan in January, rejoining his old club, Borussia Dortmund, for the remainder of the season. He will now play in the Champions League final on Saturday evening in his home city of London.