It is “doubtful” that Jadon Sancho will return to the first-team fold even if he apologises to Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag, according to the Daily Telegraph.
The newspaper claims the Red Devils boss was “deeply unimpressed” with Sancho’s statement on X, where he refuted his manager’s suggestions that he had not performed well in training.
Ten Hag made public his reasons why he left Sancho out of the matchday squad for the defeat to Arsenal, which led to a furious response from the player.
Up until now, the two men have not spoken about their falling out, with ten Hag having taken a short break from managerial duties following the Gunners loss. However, the issue will be addressed this week.
Showdown talks are expected on Monday
The Telegraph report that a “face to face” meeting between ten Hag and Sancho will take place today (Monday 11th September) but there is little prospect of relations thawing between the pair.
Sancho has shown no signs of contrition, having pinned his statement to the top of his profile on X. Even if he does become more conciliatory, it appears ten Hag is not in the mood to forgive.
The Dutchman is a strict disciplinarian who doesn’t like his authority questioned. There is also a sense that he feels let down after helping the player with his physical and mental health issues last season.
United have been open to selling Sancho for quite some time
It is believed that the Red Devils have been willing to listen to offers for the 23-year-old since the start of the summer transfer window.
They have not actively tried to sell Sancho, although there were reports that he was offered to Chelsea in negotiations for Marc Cucurella.
United are, however, not prepared to loan him out, having recently rejected an approach from Saudi Arabian club Al-Ettifaq.