Manchester United winger Jadon Sancho faces a last throw of the dice at Old Trafford after a clash with manager Erik ten Hag.
He told the Webby and O’Neill YouTube channel: “It looks like Ten Hag has tried everything with Sancho really. He’s sent him away to get fit, he’s tried him in different positions, and for me calling him out publicly is probably the last straw, or the last sort of try to get the best out of Sancho.”
Manchester United subsequently issued a statement that Sancho will sit out and train alone. But when, and if, he is reintegrated, Manchester United have one new weapon to get the best out of the mercurial winger.
Rasmus Hojlund could save Jadon Sancho career
Manchester United finally have a centre-forward, with Rasmus Hojlund signed from Atalanta at the start of August.
Hojlund did not make his debut until the fourth game of the season due to injury, by which time Sancho had been dropped.
Sancho will eventually benefit from finally getting to play alongside Hojlund, giving him the type of striker he has lacked throughout his time at Old Trafford so far.
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Hojlund is a traditional centre-forward, who chases lost causes, takes on centre-backs, and is a constant threat around the penalty box. He gives the team shape, and will benefit the creative players.
The Dane has been predictably compared to Erling Haaland due to his physique and blonde hair, and for Sancho, this may bring a refreshingly familiar feel.
Sancho’s best spell at Borussia Dortmund came when he had Haaland leading the line, a dominant centre-forward, and United hope Hojlund will bring a similar razor sharp edge to the attack.
During his time at Old Trafford, Sancho has not had a player like Hojlund. Gary Neville pointed out how his work rate already makes him stand out as very different to predecessors Cristiano Ronaldo and Anthony Martial.
Sancho creativity needs striker
Jadon Sancho needs to make the next few months at Manchester United work, and you could argue that during his time at Old Trafford, he has not had the kind of striker he needs to flourish.
Hojlund’s arrival removes this excuse. The onus will be on Sancho to deliver. If he cannot produce his best form over the next few months then talk of a January exit will increase. This really may be his last chance saloon – providing he does what he has not done so yet.
The Athletic claim he has refused to apologise to Erik ten Hag. Until he does this, he will simply watch Hojlund rather than play alongside him.