Manchester United fans find themselves in a split over whom to support as Jadon Sancho responds to Coach Erik Ten Hag’s explanation for omitting him from the match-day squad against Arsenal.
In the aftermath of Manchester United’s 3-1 loss to Arsenal in their league fixture, Ten Hag, clearly disheartened by his team’s performance, shared his thoughts on Jadon Sancho.
He justified his decision to exclude the winger from the squad by pointing to Sancho’s subpar performance during training sessions.
“On his performance on training, we didn’t select him,” Ten Hag said when asked about Sancho’s absence from the travelling squad.
“You have to reach that level every day at Manchester United. You can make choices in the front line, so in this game, he wasn’t selected,” the coach said.
However, in a sharp response on social media, Jadon Sancho denied the claims made by his coach.
“Please don’t believe everything you read! I will not allow people to say things that is completely untrue, I have conducted myself in training very well this week. 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 am grateful to do so, which I know every week is a challenge. I will continue to fight for this badge no matter what!”
The statements made by Sancho and Ten Hag have raised concerns over the suspected cold relationship between the coach and player.
While some believe that Ten Hag was wrong in giving out his player, others defend the coach, claiming that Sancho has not proven himself in matches since joining the Red Devils.
— KWESI PLUG ????????✌️???? (@Kwesi_Plug) September 4, 2023
Scapegoat? We all know your performances are poor, what scapegoat?
— Lατιf (@iLatif_) September 3, 2023
I like this from Sancho but it’s quiet concerning from the manager and player to be having a go at each other through media/social media
— Aidan Walsh ???? (@AidanWalshMUFC) September 3, 2023
Ten Hag might be the problem
— Mod (@CFCMod_) September 3, 2023
- Disrespected Cristiano Ronaldo and slandered his name.
- Disrespected De Gea and replaced him with a downgrade in the form of Onana.
- Tried to use Maguire as an escape goat but failed.
- Now disrespecting Jadon Sancho and telling lies about him.
TEN HAG is a FRAUD.
— ???????????? Ä????????????????™️ ???? (@Lil_Aziiz) September 3, 2023
Erik ten Hag is always looking for a scapegoat every season. Too bad he had to make those silly comments to the press.
— Uncle Wilson. (@iam_wilsons) September 3, 2023
We dey behind you ❤️
— MUIP (@ManUtdInPidgin) September 3, 2023