Jadon Sancho’s future at Manchester United is under severe doubt as reports suggest that manager Erik ten Hag has ‘exiled’ the star player from the first-team dressing room, following a public dispute.
The conflict arose after United’s 3-1 defeat to Arsenal, where Sancho released a statement on social media refuting Ten Hag’s claims that his absence was due to poor training performances.
Following ‘clear-the-air’ talks the following week, United disclosed that Sancho was training separately from the squad due to a ‘squad discipline issue’.
Since then, the 23-year-old has not been considered for matchday squads, and Ten Hag refrained from mentioning the winger by name in his initial comments on the incident before the 3-1 defeat to Brighton.
As per the Daily Mirror, Sancho has been ‘exiled’ from using first-team facilities at Carrington, and it is believed that the only resolution to this ongoing situation is for the player to extend an apology to Ten Hag.
This is not the first time Ten Hag has implemented such measures in the dressing room; however, the circumstances were different on previous occasions.
Last September, The Sun reported that Ten Hag had to make room at Carrington due to numerous summer signings, necessitating the relocation of five existing players to the U23 facilities.
Among the five players sent elsewhere were Phil Jones, Axel Tuanzebe, and Teden Mengi. Jones and Tuanzebe departed Old Trafford when their contracts expired, while Mengi joined newly-promoted Luton Town on deadline day.
The fourth player, left-back Brandon Williams, is currently on a season-long loan at Championship side Ipswich, managed by former United coach Kieran McKenna.
Of the five players, only one remains at the club. Promising midfielder Shola Shoretire was among those reportedly exiled from the first-team facility and spent the latter part of the previous season on loan at League One side Bolton Wanderers.
Shoretire watched as Bolton defeated Plymouth 4-0 in the Papa John’s Trophy final, although he couldn’t participate in the final due to having already played for United’s age group side in the competition.
The 19-year-old, who became United’s youngest player to feature in a European competition in 2021, has returned to Old Trafford for the current season but has not made a matchday squad thus far.