Manchester United star Jadon Sancho has deleted his statement calling out manager Erik ten Hag.
After United’s 3-1 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates, Ten Hag claimed that Sancho, although fit and available, had been left out of his squad for the fixture because he did not reach the required levels in training.
“We didn’t select him,” the Dutchman explained.
“You have to reach a level every day at Manchester United and we can make choices on the frontline, so for this game he wasn’t selected.”
Sancho, a £73 million signing from Borussia Dortmund in 2021, took to X, formerly known as Twitter, to refute the comments from his manager and add that he has “been a scapegoat”.
“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,” Sancho said in a post written on his phone notes.
“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!
“All I want to do is play football with a smile on my face and contribute to the team. I respect all decisions that are made by the coaching staff, I play with fantastic players and I am grateful to do so, which I know every week is a challenge. I will continue to fight for this badge no matter what!”
It was a detailed statement from Sancho but fast forward to Tuesday 12 September after a flurry of reports on his future and the post is no longer visible on his profile.
— The United Stand (@UnitedStandMUFC) September 12, 2023
The statement had been Sancho’s pinned post but appears to have been taken down, with his latest upload from August 6 after United’s final pre-season game against Athletic Club at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland.
Sancho was the subject of an offer from Steven Gerrard’s Al Ettifaq on the Saudi Pro League’s transfer deadline day but a deal did not materialise.
Former club Dortmund had been linked but cannot afford his hefty wages . Sancho has travelled to New York on holiday alongside team-mate Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the international break, angering United fans as a result.