Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has cast massive doubt on Jadon Sancho’s immediate involvement in the Manchester United squad for the resumption of the Premier League season, admitting that he had no idea when the Englishman would be back at Old Trafford.
Sancho was sent to the Netherlands over the World Cup break after Ten Hag claimed that the 22-year-old winger was not fit enough to play regularly for him at present.
“Jadon wasn’t in the right status, in the right fitness state, so now he’s on an individual programme and so hopefully, we see him back soon”, the Manchester United boss explained. “He’s not fit enough to be in training camp”.
‘I don’t think he will be back this week, no”, he added last week. “We want to bring him back as quickly as possible, but I can’t give a prognosis of when that will be.”
“Sometimes there are circumstances with fitness and mood. We got a drop of quality level and sometimes you don’t know why or what is causing it.
And, following a routine 2-0 win over Championship leaders Burnley in the Carabao Cup fourth round, Ten Hag was once again quizzed on his winger, asked if he had any clue about a potential return date. The Red Devils boss simply replied that he had no idea, throwing Sancho’s immediate selection into doubt.
Manchester United kick their Premier League campaign back off on December 27th with a home tie against Nottingham Forest before they face Wolves on New Year’s Eve and Bournemouth on the third of January.
With current progress, it seems as though the Red Devils may have to navigate that trio of fixtures without the Englishman.