Man United News: Manager Erik ten Hag will not back down in stand-off with Jadon Sancho

Ten Hag will not allow Sancho to return to first-team training until he apologises.
Sancho is training with the academy kids while in exile (Image-  Getty)
Sancho is training with the academy kids while in exile (Image- Getty)

In Man United news, boss Erik ten Hag has no intention of backing down in his stand-off with Jadon Sancho.

Sancho has not featured for the club this month after saying on social media he has "been a scapegoat for a long time" on September 3.

That was in response to Ten Hag stating he did not select the winger in the squad for the defeat at Arsenal due to his "performance in training".

In other Man United news, the club were hoping the matter would have been resolved during the international break, with director of football John Murtough and CEO Richard Arnold trying to mediate.

There is still no compromise from either party and United maintain an apology from Sancho to Ten Hag is key to a resolution.

The Dutchman refused to comment when asked about the situation following United's 3-0 win over Crystal Palace in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night.

Ten Hag cannot condone his authority being publicly undermined by a player – he was effectively called a liar – in a clear breach of disciplinary rules.

The Professional Footballers' Association has offered its support to Sancho, who feels unfairly treated. Sky Sports News has been told senior players at United have also tried to remedy the situation.

Some players sympathise with Sancho but no one thinks he should have posted the now-deleted message on X, formerly known as Twitter, that had been viewed more than 60 million times.

In Man United news, Sancho, who deactivated his Instagram account on Tuesday morning, has been removed from the first-team group since September 14.

United insist he is not in "isolation" but is pursuing an individual training programme using the Academy facilities at Carrington.

The 23-year-old is still being overseen by fitness staff and coaches, has medical support, and access to all other essentials at the training ground. The club say he is simply operating outside of the first-team environment until the issue is settled.

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