Jadon Sancho has been tipped for a potential move to Saudi Arabia by Rio Ferdinand following his row with Erik ten Hag.
The winger is facing an uncertain future at Manchester United having been left out of the Red Devils’ squad for the 3-1 defeat to Arsenal – Ten Hag citing not being satisfied with the player’s performance level in training.
Explaining his decision to drop Sancho, Ten Hag said: “Jadon, on his performances in training we did not select him.
“You have to reach a level every day at Manchester United and we can make choices in the front line. So for this game he was not selected.”
But Sancho has since hit back at Ten Hag’s claim, adding that he’s been scapegoated.
The 23-year-old said on social media: “Please don’t believe everything you read! I will not allow people saying 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 have 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 grateful to do so which I know every week is a challenge. I will continue to fight for this badge no matter what!”
Ferdinand discussed the situation on his FIVE YouTube channel and admitted that Sancho’s options are somewhat limited giving the timing of his fallout, saying: “There’s no way Jadon’s putting out a statement like that if he hasn’t, in his own eyes, performed well.
“On his chart, Jadon, ‘I’ve trained alright’. But the manager has a certain standard.
“There’s only one way this ends right now. Well, two ways. There’s only one window open and that’s Saudi. Or you’re on the bench or not getting in the squad for the rest of the season.”
Discussing Ten Hag’s comments, Ferdinand added: “As a professional, to be called about your application in training is probably one of the most embarrassing things that can be said about you as a player.
“My pride, my ego, I would have been sitting there thinking, ‘Wow, you could have said a lot of things about me but I won’t have you questioning my professionalism.’
“So for him to be questioning his professionalism – publicly as well – and this isn’t new from Erik ten Hag by the way. He did this with Rashford, he did this with Garnacho in dressing players down publicly. And he’s got reactions from them two.
“We’re yet to see the right reaction and the real reaction consistently over a period of time from Sancho. So the manager needs to find a way of getting something out of him.
“At the same time, it’s a two-way street. The player’s got to give the manager something to feed off.
“Me personally, and a lot of players I played with, they would be embarrassed to feel a manager has to cajole or massage the best out of them. Your personal pride and application should be there No1.
“It shouldn’t have to be coaxed out of you to perform on a regular basis in training. That’s your personal pride. That’s your day-to-day. Get to the training ground, get your boots on and graft every day. That’s the standard, man.”
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