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Erik ten Hag speaks on having regrets over handling of Jadon Sancho

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag expresses no regrets about how he is handling the situation with Jadon Sancho.

The rift between the manager and the player emerged in September when Ten Hag publicly criticized the winger’s efforts in training.

Sancho responded on social media, claiming he had been made a scapegoat and refused to apologize for his comments.

Consequently, the England international has been excluded from the first team, forced to train alone, and has not made an appearance since.

Despite speculation about a potential comeback, especially considering the team’s struggles and uncertainty around Ten Hag’s future, indications suggest a January exit.

Juventus is reportedly interested in signing the 23-year-old, along with fellow United players Raphael Varane and Donny van de Beek.

Opinions on the entire situation are divided, with some reports indicating dissent among members of the United squad regarding Ten Hag’s methods.

While the manager has been reluctant to provide extensive commentary on the matter, he recently shared a bit more when asked if he would have handled Sancho’s situation differently.

‘No, I would not do anything different,’ he told the independent fanzine United We Stand.

With Manchester United experiencing inconsistent form and rumors circulating that players are losing confidence in their manager, Erik ten Hag’s position might be in jeopardy, particularly with the impending minority takeover by Sir Jim Ratcliffe.

Managing Manchester United is consistently one of the most scrutinized roles in world football. Ten Hag disclosed that several close friends advised him to reject the opportunity at Old Trafford.

‘I loved the teams of Sir Alex [Ferguson], that [1999 Champions League final] win in Barcelona. It was inspiring,’ he added.

‘A big, successful club was constructed, which then dropped in the last ten years.

‘Everyone was telling me, “You can’t succeed in that job”. They said it was impossible. Me? I wanted the challenge. I knew it wouldn’t be easy, but it was such a great club with such a great fanbase.

‘People love Man United – or they are against Man United. I like clubs like this. Ajax was like this. This job is the most difficult to do, but I want the challenge.’

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