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Man United coach explains the real reason Jadon Sancho didn’t apologise to Erik ten Hag



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Manchester United coach Benni McCarthy has revealed the real reason Jadon Sancho didn’t apologise to Erik ten Hag earlier this season.

Sancho, 24, will be playing in the Champions League final this weekend – not for Manchester United, but instead for Borussia Dortmund, whom he rejoined on loan earlier this season.

That move occurred because the winger was exiled from Erik ten Hag’s first-team squad at Old Trafford after posting a social media statement in September.

Ten Hag had left Sancho out of the squad against Arsenal and cited the 24-year-old’s training performance as the reason. The England international refuted those claims and stated that he was being made a ‘scapegoat’.

While Sancho later deleted the post, he refused to apologise to Ten Hag, who claimed that he would only reinstate the player to his squad if he said sorry.

Benni McCarthy, a coach within Ten Hag’s setup, has explained why Sancho refused to apologise in an interview with 947 Joburg this week.

“I spoke to the manager, and I said to him that you know the delicacy,” the United coach explained.

“And I think Jadon feels that if he apologises, then he’s going to be classed as someone who doesn’t train hard, that doesn’t work hard, who that everything that was said against him was true.

“And if you are from the streets, no one wants to apologise; you admit you are not training well, you are lazy, everything you are accused of. Jadon wasn’t going to have that. The manager just said that all he wants is an apology.

“I spoke to Jadon as a coach, as a mentor, as a friend, and as someone who grew up on the streets and knows the code. But Jadon just wasn’t seeing it.

“He said, ‘I ain’t apologising because if I do, I’m apologising for being lazy, always being late, not giving my best. That’s what I’m apologizing for’, and those were his reasons.”