Premier League Rio Ferdinand gives his honest opinion on Ten Hag vs Sancho situation

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Speaking on his podcast ‘VIBE With Five’, Rio Ferdinand said Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has publicly embarrassed his winger Jadon Sancho.

The United said in criticizing publicly Sancho for his involvement in training after Red Devils’ 1-3 defeat to Arsenal, Ten Hag would have thought that it was the best way to get the best out of the player.

However, he doubts if that is the right path to take for Sancho to get back to his Borussia Dortmund days where he was a real threat to opposing teams.

With Sancho being sanctioned and training away from Man United’s first team, Ferdinand expressed his concern on his situation.

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“To be thrown out of the squad, what is gone on? Is it a personal thing between the manager and player? Or is he genuinely not training the way he wants him to train?”, the former Man United captain asked.

“He’s exhausted every avenue to try to get the best out of Jadon Sancho. I think Jadon would say and agree he has not lived up to the hype yet and the fee.

“The manager has gone, ‘this is my last chance’, I can’t get anything else out of him so I will make it public and see if that public embarrassment and his pride gets pressed enough where he goes, ‘I’m not having this’, and, ‘I’m coming back with a performance.

“He did it to Rashford. He was the talisman at the time, he was where we were getting all of our goals, he was on fire, at the top of his game, and the manager said for being late, which a lot of people would say, ‘oh, it is only a meeting’, get on the bench.

“In terms of ego and pride and then more pressure, you are thinking, ‘hold on a minute, I am the man here’. The noise would have been so loud after that game [if Man United lost], it worked out for him.

“I just think there have been players asked questions publicly or subliminally – Wan-Bissaka, for instance, he’s come back from almost the dead – I think the manager going public with Jadon was a big call and I think did the manager understand the risk with that?”


Aimé ATTI is a bilingual journalist who breathes football and shares his passion on Africa Top Sports

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