·27 September 2023
·27 September 2023
Manchester United legend Roy Keane held no punches when asked about Jadon Sancho’s ongoing situation at Old Trafford.
The Irishman knows a thing or two about falling out with Manchester United managers. He left the club under a grey cloud in 2005 and has yet to rekindle his relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson.
Sancho has been training away from the first-team since he accused Ten Hag of lying over the reason for his omission from the squad at the Emirates earlier this month.
As a result, the England international has been banished from first-team facilities at Carrington.
If a player is not meeting the required standards in training, the manager has every right to pull them up on it. Sancho must not deal well with constructive criticism and he seems unwilling to apologise for his behaviour.
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Former United captain Roy Keane says dressing rooms “move on quickly” and believes that means there is a way back for Sancho. That said, Keane did admit he would “be ashamed of my life” to be called out for a lack of effort in training.
“I don’t think he is training right,” Keane said of Sancho, as quoted by The Metro. “I have no issue with his personality.
“I am not bothered about that [a player being withdrawn], the one thing we don’t really forgive a player for… we have all worked with players who have come in, they can be grumpy or whatever, but when they are training, they are training properly.
“My annoyance with Sancho would be if he is not training properly. Whatever it is about his personality, we’re all different.
“I’d be embarrassed, I’d be ashamed of my life if the manager ever came up to me, or even spoke through the media because you get over that stuff.
“People say you can’t say stuff about the players through the media, yes you can, you can send messages out to people.”
This has led to uncertainty over Sancho’s future at United. Keane added: “If you have got questions marks over this player, he is not training properly and he does turn around and show some sort of humility and says maybe I got it wrong, you can move on very quickly.
“We’ve been in dressing rooms where players have come in and said: ‘Sorry lads I have made a mistake’, it is forgotten about very quickly.
“Football dressing rooms are a strange dynamic, if a player shows they care and they are human, it’s fine. We move on quickly.”
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