Jadon Sancho’s future at Manchester United appears uncertain, as the club is open to the idea of him departing on a “long-term” loan come January. Multiple reports indicate that his pathway back into Erik ten Hag’s good graces and the first team seems exceedingly doubtful at this point.
The issue between Sancho and the United management took a turn for the worse after a well-publicised disagreement with manager Erik ten Hag. This dispute peaked in early September when Sancho, 23, was conspicuously absent from the squad set to play against Arsenal.
Ten Hag cited Sancho’s subpar training performances in relation to his teammates as the reason behind this decision. Sancho, however, publicly contested this explanation via social media. The subsequent disciplinary actions from Ten Hag and United have resulted in Sancho being relegated to training separately from the main squad, with no signs of the situation improving.
Reports suggest that an apology to Ten Hag is the only avenue for Sancho to redeem his position at Old Trafford. Despite encouragement from United’s higher-ups, coaching staff, and fellow players, Sancho has yet to extend this olive branch, and there is no indication that he plans to.
United, coming to terms with the reality of the situation, are now prepared for Sancho’s exit in January. While there have been speculations about the influence of future co-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe on Sancho’s future at the club, sources from 90min affirm that Ratcliffe, a staunch supporter of Ten Hag since his Ajax days, will not meddle in squad-related decisions.
Several clubs have expressed interest in Sancho, with a return to Borussia Dortmund being his preferred move. However, Dortmund’s interest hinges on the financial details of the deal, and as reported by The Athletic, a significant salary reduction would be required—a scenario deemed highly unlikely.
Alternative options include a move to the Saudi League, which boasts numerous interested parties. Furthermore, London’s West Ham United has emerged as a potential suitor, per 90min. They are closely watching Sancho’s situation and might throw their hat in the ring come January, despite a transfer within England being generally perceived as more complex.