A fresh insight into the fallout between Manchester United head coach Erik ten Hag, and attacker Jadon Sancho, has been provided on Saturday evening.
The name of wide-man Sancho, of course, has taken its place front and centre in the headlines across the week to date.
This comes after brewing tension between the England international and boss Erik ten Hag finally came to a head last weekend.
After the latter revealed that he had omitted Sancho from his squad to face Arsenal owing to a lack of effort in training, the former Borussia Dortmund standout hit back, in head-turning fashion.
Taking to his official Twitter account, Sancho released the following statement, adamant that he is done being the ‘scapegoat’ at Old Trafford:
“Please don’t believe everything you read! I will not allow people saying things that is completely untrue, I have conducted myself in training very well this week.
“I believe there are other reasons for this matter that I won’t go into, I’ve been a scapegoat for a long time which isn’t fair!
“All I want to do is play football with a smile on my face and contribute to my team. I respect all decisions that are made by the coaching staff, I play with fantastic players and grateful to do so which I know every week is a challenge.
“I will continue to fight for this badge no matter what!”
With United’s under-performing attacker having all but accused his manager of fabricating lies, the relationship between the pair would now appear to be at an all-time low.
So, where does Ten Hag stand on the prospect of reintegrating Sancho back into his matchday squad?
Well, as alluded to above, an insight into precisely that has been forthcoming late on Saturday.
And it will come as positive news for all hopeful of the 23-year-old, at long last, kickstarting what has proven an underwhelming stint in Manchester into gear.
As per a report from Simon Mullock of The Mirror, Erik ten Hag is of the opinion that the situation surrounding he and Sancho has been blown firmly ‘out of proportion’ by the media.
In turn, he believes that a resolution is not at all out of the question, ready to allow the winger to prove himself worthy of a starting berth by way of an improved performance on the training ground.