Former Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand highlights Jadon Sancho concern Erik ten Hag faces

Sancho, who joined United from Borussia Dortmund just over two years ago, is currently at the epicentre of another case for Ten Hag to try and solve. The winger hit back at the Dutchman in a social media post after being left out of the matchday squad for the 3-1 defeat to Arsenal earlier this month.

Ten Hag left him out of his plans for the trip to the capital after the winger failed to deliver the goods in training, something the Dutchman confirmed in his post-match press briefing. Sancho, however, took to social media to hit back at the 53-year-old&aposs comments, saying that he had been a &aposscapegoat for a long time&apos.

Sancho, who was back at United&aposs training ground on Monday, has failed to deliver the goods since joining the club in July 2021. It currently remains to be seen whether he will be included in the squad against Brighton & Hove Albion at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Amid the ongoing speculation concerning his future and whether he will play any part against the Seagulls, Ferdinand believes Ten Hag will have to think carefully about the prospect of reintroducing him to the squad, insisting that he will have to be mindful of the message it sends to the rest of his players, should Sancho be drafted back into the equation.

“One of the big issues now is Antony and what happens to Sancho,” Ferdinand told Vibe with Five. “I think the manager will be thinking, &aposIf I play him, or put him straight back in after what he has done, what message does that send to the squad?&apos.

“I think what is going to mean a lot is how he addresses the squad, if he makes the decision by playing him straight away. If he addresses the squad and says, &aposListen, this is why it is happening, guys, and on another day he doesn&apost play&apos, or whatever.

“I think he will either go that way or just say, &aposHe isn&apost playing. This week he&aposs out. I do need him but I&aposll let him go out&apos. He could then play Garnacho and Pellistri etc. and then go from there.”

Ferdinand, who spent 12 years at United, admits that he would choose not to reintroduce him to the squad if he was directly comparing Ten Hag&aposs comments with Sancho&aposs statement. The former defender, however, admits that not all of the facts concerning the situation are out in the open.

He added: “Without knowing all of the details, as I think there are probably a few more spinning plates underneath that we are not privy to, without knowing all that, if I had just seen the manager making his comments and then Sancho doing a statement, he doesn&apost play, for me.

“I cannot have all the other players thinking that is okay. But because there are more spinning parts to this, you can&apost just play it like that.”

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