Erik ten Hag has reiterated that the possibility of Jadon Sancho returning to Manchester United remains open, but the decision lies entirely with the 23-year-old winger.
Sancho found himself sidelined at Old Trafford after openly criticizing Ten Hag when he was dropped for United’s game against Arsenal in September.
At that time, Ten Hag had stated that Sancho had not met the expected standards of a United player, particularly in training.
Since then, Sancho has been absent from the United lineup, training separately at Carrington.
With over three months without any game time, there are indications that the winger favors a return to Borussia Dortmund in the upcoming January transfer window.
While Ten Hag has previously mentioned the possibility of Sancho rejoining the squad with an apology and a willingness to learn, the situation remains unresolved.
Despite United’s struggles in both domestic and European competitions, the winger’s return is contingent on his actions.
In a recent interview quoted by Manchester Evening News, Ten Hag emphasized, “So it is about a culture and every player has to match certain standards and it was about that…
What will happen there (regarding his future), he knows what he has to do, if he wants to return, and it is up to him. He knows what he has to do; it is up to him.”
Reports of a potential swap deal involving Dortmund forward Donyell Malen currently lack significant momentum.
Despite intermediaries offering Malen’s services, substantial incoming transfers in January appear unlikely until Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s minority investment, earmarked for a new footballing department, receives final approval.
Sancho is presently following a personalized training program, keeping him separate from the first-team squad at United.
His last on-field appearance was in the 3-2 victory over Nottingham Forest on 26 August.