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United Winger Jadon Sancho Hits Back After Being Dropped: ‘I’ve been a scapegoat for a long time, which isn’t fair’

Dublin , Ireland - 6 August 2023; Jadon Sancho of Manchester United during the pre-season friendly match between Manchester United and Athletic Bilbao at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. (Photo By Ben McShane/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Manchester United winger Jadon Sancho spoke out on social media after being left out of the matchday squad for Sunday’s 3-1 loss to Arsenal. Manager Erik Ten Hag stated Sancho was dropped due to poor training performances. But the 23-year-old refuted that claim, suggesting he was unfairly made a “scapegoat” at United.

Sancho was a surprise omission from United’s squad for the crucial Premier League clash with the Gunners. When asked about Sancho’s absence post-match, Ten Hag said the winger did not reach the proper level in training to warrant selection.

“On his performance on training, we didn’t select him.” the manager stated plainly.

Erik Ten Hag stated plainly

Ten Hag added players must meet the required standard consistently to play for United.

However, Sancho took issue with this explanation from Ten Hag. In a lengthy social media post, Sancho denied that his training efforts this week were subpar.

“I’ve been a scapegoat for a long time, which isn’t fair, I will not allow people to say things that are completely untrue.”

Jadon Sancho

He suggested there are other undisclosed reasons he was left out of the squad against Arsenal.

Dublin , Ireland - 6 August 2023; Jadon Sancho of Manchester United during the pre-season friendly match between Manchester United and Athletic Bilbao at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. (Photo By Ben McShane/Sportsfile via Getty Images)
Photo By Ben McShane/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Sancho Claims History of Unfair Treatment

Since joining United in 2021, Sancho believes he has frequently been singled out unfairly when things go wrong. Despite still being a young player, he feels subjected to excessive criticism.

Sancho made clear he respects Ten Hag’s decisions on team selection and tactics. “I play with fantastic players and grateful to do so,” he wrote. But being left out without justification was a step too far in his view.

The England international reiterated his commitment to fighting for his place and giving his best whenever he steps on the pitch. “I will continue to fight for this badge no matter what!” Sancho declared.

From Ten Hag’s perspective, he likely wanted to send a message about meeting expectations in training. But the United winger Jadon Sancho’s rebuttal presents a rare public disagreement between manager and player.