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Jadon Sancho “knows what he has to do” says Ten Hag

Jadon Sancho “knows what he has to do” to end his Manchester United exile according to boss Erik Ten Hag.

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Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag stated that Jadon Sancho “knows what he has to do” if the winger wants to recover his career at Old Trafford under the Dutchman.

Sancho, who cost Manchester United £73 million ($92 million) when he joined from Borussia Dortmund in 2021, has been in exile since Ten Hag dismissed him in September.

Jadon Sancho “knows what he has to do”

After writing on social media that he had been made a “scapegoat” by his management, the England player was instructed to train on his own.

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A January move appears to be in everyone’s best interests, but United would have to take a large loss on any transfer fee and perhaps underwrite Sancho’s reputed £350,000-per-week salary.

Ten Hag, on the other hand, stated that the door is still open to the 23-year-old provided he is prepared to toe the line set by the erstwhile Ajax manager.

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“It is about a culture and every player has to match certain standards and it was about that,” said Ten Hag.

“What will happen there? He knows what he has to do. If he wants to return, it is up to him.”

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Chances taken

Sancho has 12 goals in 82 appearances for United, but his absence has allowed Alejandro Garnacho to get increased playing time in recent months.

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Garnacho started ahead of Marcus Rashford in Wednesday’s 2-1 triumph over Chelsea, and he set up Scott McTominay’s winning goal.

“There is big potential and there is a lot to build on but we are happy with his performing in this moment and happy with his contribution,” Ten Hag added.

“The foundation and basis is always the defending part of his game but attacking-wise he has the key actions – assists, counter-attacks and scoring goals, that is very important for an offensive player that you have the production.”