Sancho was axed from the United squad for Sunday’s 3-1 defeat to Arsenal with ten Hag explaining his absence was down to ‘his performance in training’.
The former Borussia Dortmund star dismissed his manager’s comments shortly after.
‘I will not allow people saying things that is completely untrue, I have conducted myself in training very well this week,’ Sancho said on Sunday evening. ‘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!’
Ten Hag was quickly made aware of his player’s comments and decided against offering a clarification, the Manchester Evening News report. Ten Hag believes he was clear in his assessment of the situation and sticks by his view that Sancho’s recent performances in training do not merit a place in his squad.
Sancho could now face disciplinary action over his outburst – something ten Hag is no stranger to having acted quickly to address moments of perceived indiscipline since arrival at Old Trafford.
Cristiano Ronaldo was suspended for one game after refusing to come on as a substitute in October 2022 before having his contract terminated after his infamous Piers Morgan interview the following month where he said he ‘didn’t respect’ ten Hag.
Marcus Rashford was also dropped from the starting XI for a Premier League clash with Wolves in December after arriving late for a team meeting.
Ten Hag has also not shied away from other big decisions, namely stripping Harry Maguire of the captaincy and releasing David de Gea this summer.
Sancho has not started any of United’s games this season with tensions said to have been building between the player and his manager over a number of weeks.
Former United defender Rio Ferdinand fears for his future at the club, suggesting a move to Saudi Arabia could provide a quick solution.
He told Vibe with Five: ‘On his chart, Jadon trained alright but the manager will have a certain standard. There is only one way this ends right now. Or two ways, actually.
‘There is only one window open and that is Saudi. Or you’re on the bench or not in the squad for the rest of the season.’
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