Erik ten Hag delivers ‘blunt message’ when asked about Jadon Sancho’s probably return

Jadon Sancho continues to practice away from the club, therefore Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has refrained from commenting on a potential return for the winger.

When United defeated Burnley 2-0 at Old Trafford to qualify to the Carabao Cup quarterfinals, Sancho was not available for selection.

After the game, when asked if there had been any news regarding Sancho’s potential comeback, Ten Hag replied, “No.”

Erik ten Hag has refused to be drawn on Jadon Sancho’s possible return to Manchester United

Sancho has been undergoing an individual training programme in the Netherlands

When asked if there was a timeline for the 22-year-probable old’s comeback, the United manager answered “no.”

Last week, Ten Hag claimed that Sancho “wasn’t mentally ready” to resume playing; on his advice, the winger underwent an individual training regimen in the Netherlands.

Ten Hag said last week, “I don’t think he will be returning this week, no.”

I am unable to predict when we will be able to bring him back, but we want to do it as soon as possible.

“There are situations with fitness and emotions occasionally. We experienced a reduction in quality, and sometimes you can’t tell why or what is to blame.

We are currently attempting to get him back there by doing that. It combines both physical and mental factors.

Sancho was not included in Gareth Southgate’s 26-man England roster for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, leading to the individual program.

The goal is to get Sancho back to his top physical and mental condition and help him regain the form he displayed in the early part of the season.

Sancho missed the friendlies against Cadiz and Real Betis as well as the trip to Spain for a warm weather training camp with other United players who were not at the World Cup.

Instead, he has been working out with a trainer at Dutch amateur team OJC Rosmalen that Ten Hag has confidence in. A small video that has surfaced shows him dribbling around training mannequins.

Sancho, who paid £73 million to join United in 2021, made his last professional appearance in a 1-1 tie against Chelsea on October 22 before becoming sick and missing the rest of the season.

In their first competitive game after the World Cup, Ten Hag’s team defeated Burnley 2-0 behind goals from Marcus Rashford and Christian Eriksen.

Over the holiday season and the new year, the Red Devils have a full schedule.

On December 27, United will play home to Nottingham Forest in their first Premier League matchback before traveling to Wolves on New Year’s Eve.

Following that, Ten Hag’s team plays at home on January 3 against Bournemouth and on January 6 against Everton in the FA Cup third round.

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