Jadon Sancho is reportedly finished at Manchester United – even if the £73m winger swallows his pride by apologising to Erik ten Hag.
Sancho, 24, has been left out of United’s last nine games (including Sheffield United) after taking to social media to accuse Ten Hag of lying when the Reds’ boss explained he had axed the England international because of an attitude problem.
Ten Hag has banished the former Borussia Dortmund forward from the first-team dressing room until he receives a formal apology.
The Dutchman feels that his relationship with Sancho is now beyond repair – and that the club must negotiate an exit strategy for the player in January.
Ten Hag was given full backing when he called on his bosses to boot Cristiano Ronaldo out of Old Trafford after the Portuguese superstar had criticised him during an unsanctioned TV interview with Piers Morgan last year. Now Sancho is set to suffer the same fate.
United are hoping that a move to Saudi Arabia can be resurrected after they failed with a move to sell Sancho to Al-Ettifaq by insisting that any loan deal included a £45million obligation to buy. Recouping a significant sum from elsewhere could prove problematic.
Dortmund and Juventus are both interested in taking Sancho away from the Premier League until the end of the season – but United would have to cover some of the player’s hefty £250,000-a-week salary.
Sancho still has more than three-and-a-half years left on his contract and continues to be paid despite Ten Hag’s refusal to have him in his squad. Ten Hag believes the issue has become a significant test of his authority.