Erik ten Hag makes feelings clear on Jadon Sancho after Man Utd ace shines in Champions League - 'I'm happy'

Erik ten Hag makes feelings clear on Jadon Sancho after Man Utd ace shines in Champions League - 'I'm happy'

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Lewis Winter

By Lewis Winter

Published: 02/05/2024

- 14:46

The Dutch manager has given his opinion on the England star's performance

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag insists he is 'happy' to see Jadon Sancho playing well for Borussia Dortmund and refused to rule out a reconciliation.

Sancho played a starring role for Dortmund in their 1-0 Champions League semi-final first-leg win over Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday.

The winger was frozen out at United earlier this season after being publicly called out by Ten Hag for being below par in training.

Sancho hit back on social media and refused to apologise, not appearing for the Red Devils again before re-joining Dortmund on loan in January.

Erik ten Hag and Jadon Sancho

Jadon Sancho's performance against PSG pleased Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag

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He took a few weeks to get going at Dortmund but put in one of his best displays so far against the French champions.

Sancho was at his dribbling best and reminded supporters why United spent £73million on him almost three years ago.

Ten Hag often dodged questions about the 24-year-old during his final few months at Old Trafford.

But the Dutchman was keen to praise his performance at his press conference on Thursday.

Ten Hag appears open to welcoming Sancho back into his squad if issues between the pair can be ironed out.

Ten Hag said: "So let's say this: yesterday he played very good and he's a very good player.

"Yesterday he showed why Manchester United bought him and he showed he represents a high value for Manchester United, which is good.

"I'm happy for Jadon, for the performance yesterday, and we'll see what is going to happen in the future."

Sancho was asked about his future after Wednesday's match but says he is not sure where he will be playing next season.

He said: "I really don't know [if I will stay]. But I'm focused on just the present right now."

Meanwhile, Ten Hag has hit back at reports that the majority of his squad is up for sale.

It was claimed that Alejandro Garnacho, Kobbie Mainoo and Rasmus Hojluind were the only players safe from the chop.


Jadon Sancho

Jadon Sancho put on a fine display as Borussia Dortmund beat PSG 1-0


But Ten Hag insists that is not the case, saying: "It's a joke. As long as I've worked here, every summer, every window, I think 200 players are getting interest from Manchester United.

"We did some research, it's untrue. Also every summer we sell all of the players in our squad, which you make all of the headlines and it is untrue.

"That takes responsibility how you make such a headline. Find a good source if there is some truth in it."

It currently appears as if Ten Hag will remain at United despite a disappointing season in the Premier League and in Europe.

Erik ten Hag

Erik ten Hag knows the importance of this summer's transfer window for Man Utd


He admits getting it right in the transfer market this summer will be important.

He said: "[There's] always a lot of work, it's normal when you go into a transfer window, but the injuries had a big impact.

"We know also we are still below the levels from the expectations Manchester United has so we have to catch up and I'm now going into my fifth window.

"Two windows quite OK, two we missed - so we have to make new improvements to the squad. But there is a base of this squad that is very good."

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