Update on Sancho


Speaking to Andy Mitten for The Athletic and a group of other journalists asked, Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag about the latest on Jadon Sancho, who has endured a challenging couple of months. 

The United number 25 has not featured for the club since that 1-1 draw with Chelsea at the end of October and last month he was sent to the Netherlands to work on aspects of his game with coaches that were recommended by the United boss [Vital United].

Sancho was not part of the United squad that travelled to Spain because he was working on an individual training programme that will allow him to do his work away from the spotlight and this was something that was agreed by the United manager.

The boss was asked about why Sancho was not included in the Spain trip and the Dutchman said that, “He’s not fit enough. Sometimes there are circumstances with fitness and mood. Now he’s on a physical programme and our aim is to get him back as quickly as possible” [The Athletic].

The Athletic are reporting that the fact that Sancho is training away from the first team means that he has not been exiled or dropped, instead the club see this as an opportunity for Sancho to “get back on track in terms of fitness and mindset” reports [Andy Mitten for The Athletic].

Ten Hag was asked about Sancho’s physical fitness and the manager said that, “first we didn’t see him in the last games for United, so he wasn’t in the right status, in the right fitness state; so now he’s on an individual programme and we want him to finish that programme and hopefully, we see him back soon.” [The Athletic].

Hopefully from Sancho’s perspective, time away from the glaring eyes of Manchester United, where the scrutiny can be intense, will do him the world of good because there is a player in there as we saw in pre-season and in his first five games of the season, where he scored against Liverpool and Leicester City.

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