Manchester United have been told that Antony’s continued playing time has played a role in Jadon Sancho’s likely exit. Both forwards joined the Old Trafford club for a combined transfer fee of £159 million in recent years.
Sancho signed for Man United in a £73 million deal from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2021. Fast forward 12 months and, in what was Erik ten Hag’s first season in charge, the Red Devils paid Ajax £86 million to sign Antony.
Two years on from Sancho’s arrival, Man United appear to be closing in on sanctioning the exit of the England international. Reports have suggested that a loan deal that would see Sancho return to Dortmund before the end of the January transfer window is on the cards.
Sancho has not played for Man United since August 26 against Nottingham Forest, with the forward being told to train away from the first team back in September. The decision came after Sancho posted a message on Twitter, which was subsequently deleted, that criticised Ten Hag after the manager’s explanation as to why he was absent from the matchday squad against Arsenal on September 3.
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Now Sancho looks to be edging closer to a move away from Man United on a temporary basis. Former Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor has claimed that Ten Hag’s continuous decision to play Antony may have caused Sancho to become frustrated with the Man United boss.
“That’s probably the main thing that really annoyed Sancho was every game Antony, nothing,” Agbonlahor told Talksport. “The next game, Antony starts, nothing.
“So as a player, imagine you’re training and you’re like, ‘I’m not going to get a chance. This guy is obsessed with playing his big signing’, that managers do when they make a big signing, £86 million, and the player’s not performing.
“They try to keep making it work so their boss doesn’t look at it and say, ‘You’re wasting money on a player’.
“But even you look at [Anthony] Elanga, he got sold for £14 million to Nottingham Forest. He’s got four goals and six assists. Antony’s got zero goals and zero assists. You spent £86 million [on Antony].
“So, you sold a player who’s gone on to do better things for £14 million. Antony, [who] you bought for £86 million, is doing nothing.
“Jadon Sancho’s probably sitting there thinking ‘I’m training hard, I’m not getting a chance.’ Maybe he’s taken the foot off his gas in training, the manager’s called him out and he’s had a go back.
“For me, Sancho’s got to go back to Dortmund. He got 38 goals in 104 games at Dortmund. Get your career back on track and hopefully, he’ll start scoring goals again.”