Manchester United’s early struggles in the new campaign have included issues both on and off the pitch for manager Erik ten Hag.
The United boss has had to deal with an injury crisis and underperforming players since the start of the season and United have looked far from assured in the early exchanges.
Jadon Sancho has been one of the key issues the manager has had to contend with. The forward is currently in a stand-off with Ten Hag over a disagreement on his commitment to training.
Ten Hag told the media Sancho was missing the defeat at Arsenal, over six weeks ago, due to a poor week in training, a claim Sancho vehemently denied on his Twitter account after the comments.
Sancho has since been training away from the first team and refuses to apologise for his outburst, leaving him out in the cold.
The wingers’ future at Old Trafford now looks likely to come to an end in January, with United open to offers and the player needing a new start.
Sky Sports Germany journalist Florian Plettenberg has given an update on Sancho’s current situation and expects him to make his move in the winter window.
➡️ A move to another European country is more likely than staying in England
➡️ A transfer to Barcelona or Dortmund is currently not realistic. #BVB
Juventus Turin is interested… pic.twitter.com/OlbxBQ1487
— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) October 24, 2023
Plettenberg says a move to Europe is more likely than a switch to a Premier League club but he doesn’t expect a reunion with Dortmund, as things stand.
Barcelona were also linked with a move for the player but Plettenburg says they are also an unlikely destination at the moment.
United will be disappointed to lose a player they fought so hard to get and who has failed to show any kind of consistent form after his big-money move to the club.
However, with Ten Hag desperate to reset the culture and standards around the club, it looks as though Sancho has kicked his last ball in a United shirt.
The club will hope to recoup as much of the £72million shelled out to Dortmund in the summer of 2021 and Ten Hag will want the funds reinvested in his squad that still looks a long way off from where he wants it to be.