Gordon Strachan has had some harsh words for Manchester United superstar Jadon Sancho in a recent interview with Gambling Zone.
The former Scotland boss said that Sancho ‘needs to learn to handle the truth’ and suggested that he should ‘look at himself and figure out what he’s doing wrong’. Additionally, he also said that he owes Erik Ten Hag an apology.
He also spoke on United’s start to the Premier League season, deeming it ‘average’ and ‘mundane’, but he conceded that ‘there hasn’t been anything disastrous’ as of yet.
What did Gordon Strachan say regarding Jadon Sancho’s situation at Manchester United?
Speaking to Gambling Zone, Strachan said: “Players always want the truth from their manager. In this instance, Erik ten Hag has answered the question honestly and the player hasn’t liked his response, but Jadon needs to learn to handle the truth.
“Jadon needs to look at himself and figure out what he’s doing wrong, rather than feeling as though he’s being attacked. Of course we don’t know the whole story but that’s how I see it from the outside.
“The first thing I would say to a player is ‘have a look at yourself’. Look at yourself before anybody else, it’s as simple as that. Go and look at your games and tell me if that’s as good as you think you can be. If it is, then you can’t play here because the standard is far bigger at Manchester United than anywhere else. If I was that young man, I would have a look at myself and apologise to the manager.
What did Gordon Strachan say on United’s start to the season?
On United’s slow start to the season, Strachan said: “It has been an average start to the season for Manchester United. There hasn’t been anything disastrous or anything that has really stood out. They’ve relied on a couple of moments of magic from some individual players and have had some moments where the defending has been pretty average.
“It’s all a bit mundane at the moment. When you watch the football, nothing is blowing you away and nothing is impressing you. Most of the focus seems to be around off the field activity. The fans want the Glazers out, and, if you’re fans are spending all their time focussing on that, then it tells you that the football that is being played isn’t providing much entertainment.
“I think there is a role for [Scott] McTominay at Manchester United, but the manager sees the game played the way he wants to see it, and currently that doesn’t involve McTominay. Scott offers something a little bit different to those players. He’s good on the ball, but he isn’t as good as the guys we’ve mentioned – what he can offer you is that power and ability to break the lines.”