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Antony and Jadon Sancho situations at Man United are “completely different” says Fabrizio Romano
Ten Hag's problems with players continues
For Manchester United at present, off-field issues continue to dominate the news landscape.
Erik ten Hag has consistently had to bat away questions at press conferences regarding Mason Greenwood in the first instance, and subsequently Antony and Jadon Sancho.
For the latter, his problem is one of insubordination towards his manager which has, reportedly, caused a split in the first-team squad.
For Greenwood and Antony, the issues relate to alleged domestic violence, with ten Hag running the media gauntlet whilst clearly wanting to concentrate on getting results.
It’s a delicate balancing act that the club can do without, whilst also accepting the seriousness of each situation.
Our columnist, Fabrizio Romano, noted in his exclusive Daily Briefing column that there was a major difference between the Sancho and Antony situations, which perhaps has escaped many.
‘Many of you have asked me why ‘Anthony, yes’ and ‘Jadon Sancho, no,’ but they are completely different situations. For Antony, Man United want to wait to understand the conditions of the story. For Jadon Sancho, the problem is that Erik ten Hag wants the player to apologise otherwise he still won’t be brought back into the first-team picture. The situation remains complicated so let's see what Sancho decides to do,’ he wrote.
If Sancho can swallow his pride, it seems that his route back into the first-team picture is an easy one, though at this stage the 23-year-old is clearly carrying a huge chip on his shoulder.
Ten Hag has shown his ruthlessness to his squad before now, and Cristiano Ronaldo was 10 times the player Sancho is.
From a playing perspective, the England international is not only harming his chances at the Red Devils, but other potential buyers could be put off by his insolence.
Man United have released a statement on Antony which makes clear that he will be available for selection all the while the police investigation is ongoing and he is co-operative with it.
The outcome of that will determine his future employment at the club.
Is Erik ten Hag right to banish Jadon Sancho from the squad and welcome Antony back? Let us know in the comments!