Ten Hag said Sancho had been left out of the squad based “on his performance in training”, but an hour later Sancho posted a statement that said he was being used as a scapegoat and that his manager&aposs comments were “completely untrue”.
Sancho said: “Please don&apost believe everything you read! I have conducted myself in training very well this week.
“I believe there are other reasons for this matter that I won&apost get into, I&aposve been a scapegoat for a long time which isn&apost fair!”
United have offered no further response to Sancho and sources have told the Manchester Evening News that Ten Hag stands by his comments. They said that Ten Hag believes he explained clearly the reason for omitting Sancho and that there is nothing else to add to those words.
Sancho could now face disciplinary action over his outburst. Ten Hag has been strong when dealing with indiscipline in the past, including when Cristiano Ronaldo said he “didn&apost respect” Ten Hag in an interview in November 2022 and accused the club of betraying him.
Ronaldo had his contract cancelled by mutual consent a few weeks later. Marcus Rashford was left out of the team to face Wolves on New Year&aposs Day after being late for a team meeting and Alejandro Garnacho missed games on the pre-season tour of 2022 after also being late.