Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag gives intriguing Jadon Sancho reconciliation verdict

According to Erik ten Hag, Manchester United benefits from Jadon Sancho’s success while he is on loan at Borussia Dortmund.

Sancho was expelled from his parent club on August 26 after Ten Hag accused him in public of lying about his exclusion from the matchday squad against Arsenal in September. Since then, he has not appeared on the field for his parent team.

After Dortmund re-signed Sancho on loan for €3.5 million, which increased to €7.5 million in January, he performed admirably in their first-leg victory against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League semifinal. Since United paid £72.9 million for Sancho in 2021, they would be required to pay at least £30 million to comply with Premier League regulations regarding sustainability and profitability.

Sancho’s refusal to apologise ensured he trained away from the first team and had to prepare for sessions in the academy building at United’s Carrington training complex but Ten Hag suggested the door was ajar for reconciliation.

“So let’s say this: yesterday he played very good and I already talked about, he’s a very good player,” Ten Hag said. “Yesterday he showed why Manchester United bought him and he showed also he represents a high value for Manchester United, which is good.

“So I’m happy. I’m happy for Jadon, for the performance yesterday and we’ll see what is going to happen in the future.”

Jason Wilcox started as the United technical director two weeks ago and met Ten Hag for the first time last week. With the summer transfer window looming, Ten Hag said he is developing an “intense” relationship with the former Southampton director of football.

“We talk every day from now,” Ten Hag added, “from last week. In a very shport period, we have to build an intense relationship, we are working on it now to a plan.

“We had a plan already before he stepped in but of course, we have to get aligned. It takes time but at the same time, we don’t have so much time.”

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