Jadon Sancho releases statement disputing why Erik ten Hag dropped him for Man United vs Arsenal

Sancho didn’t even travel with the squad and has taken issue with the ‘why’.

Danny Jones Danny Jones - 4th September 2023

Manchester United forward Jadon Sancho has released a statement disputing the supposed reason why manager Erik ten Hag dropped him against Arsenal over the weekend.

ten Hag‘s side were on the receiving end of a 3-1 defeat against the Gunners on Sunday after what they thought would be the winner was ruled offside and the home team went on to put two late goals past goalkeeper André Onana in the very dying embers of the game.

Moreover, even before the kick-off, there was lots of discussion surrounding the team selection after it was reported that both Sancho and Scott McTominay did not travel with the matchday squad at all despite numerous injuries in several different positions.

Speaking after the full-time whistle, the Dutchman explained that due to “his performance in training we didn’t select him,” adding that “you have to reach the level every day at Manchester United. You can make choices in the front line, so in this game, he wasn’t selected.” Sancho, however, sees it differently.

Sancho’s statement dismissing ten Hag’s reason for dropping him from the squad entirely.

Issuing a response on X, the Man United and England winger said: “Please don’t believe everything you read! I will not allow people saying things that [are] completely untrue. I have conducted myself in training very well this week.


The 23-year-old “I believe there are other reasons for this matter that I won’t get into, I’ve been a scapegoat for a long time which isn’t fair!”

Sancho went on to insist, “All I want to do is to play football with a smile on my face and contribute to my team. I respect all decisions that are made by the coaching staff, I play with fantastic players and grateful to do so which I know every week is a challenge. I will continue to fight for this badge no matter what!”


Sancho has failed to nail down a consistent starting spot in the United XI ever since he joined the club in 2021 and it’s safe to say he has struggled to hit the same heights he showed at Borussia Dortmund. Meanwhile, journalist Fabrizio Romano has since reported that the coaching staff have been unhappy with training levels for some time now.

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With ten Hag also supposedly of the belief that he helped the talented young attacker through a difficult period of form and confidence last season, with Sancho having undergone two months of solo training abroad at the end of 2022, it appears there has been some tension between the two for a few weeks.

All that being said, Sancho did impress many fans during pre-season operating in a new role and did actually score against Arsenal during their friendly back in July, so was understandably frustrated not to have featured in the game.


While it remains to be seen what substance there is to this apparent rift, both the player and his coach will no doubt be hoping he now feels he has a point to prove and fights his way back into the team.

It wasn’t the only moment of tension surrounding the fixture either as club legend turned pundit Roy Keane was reportedly ‘headbutted’ by an Arsenal fan around full-time and had to be separated by security and Sky Sports colleague Micah Richards. Police are now investigating the incident.

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