“They have had enough of him” – What’s going on between Sancho, Ten Hag and his teammates

Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes celebrates scoring their second goal with Jadon Sancho.

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The ongoing international break has allowed every normal top European club to take a breather post a busy transfer window. However, Manchester United isn’t your typical club (when has it ever been?).

The Red Devils are dealing with not one but two controversies. Their star winger Antony is facing allegations of assault, leading to pressure from several groups on United to push the Brazilian winger to the sidelines for the time being.

Meanwhile, another winger, Jadon Sancho, has seemingly pushed himself to the sidelines by irking Erik ten Hag with his antics behind the scenes. For some reason, both thought it was wise to wash their dirty laundry in public.

In his post-match conference against Arsenal, the United boss was questioned why Sancho wasn’t part of the matchday squad. The Dutch coach explained the reason behind his absence was his underwhelming performance in training.

The 23-year-old thought the best way to react to the criticism was to hit the press button on an X post which read: “… 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!”

How this has gone down with Ten Hag remains unclear. However, the development has led to a flurry of reports giving insight into what’s going on behind the scenes.

According to ESPN, there’s little sympathy for the England international, who hasn’t been called up to Gareth Southgate’s squad due to his inconsistent performances, inside the United dressing room. One source said: “The players have had enough of him.”

The former Borussia Dortmund star has become a ‘peripheral figure’ at Carrington due to his displays in training and on matchday as well as because of his demeanour around the club.

If that’s indeed true, Sancho’s career might be done. After all, how can a player rediscover his best form without being in the good books of his manager as well as teammates? For now, though, it’s best to not take every suggestion surrounding the situation at face value.

The good thing is, as per the same report, that Sancho and Ten Hag are set for talks over his future before United’s first game after the international break.