Erik ten Hag issues blunt response when asked about Jadon Sancho return for Manchester United

    LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 22: Jadon Sancho of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on October 22, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Robin Jones/Getty Images)
    Jadon Sancho missed Manchester United’s win over Burnley in the Carabao Cup (Getty)

    Erik ten Hag refused to issue an update on Jadon Sancho’s potential return after Manchester United’s victory over Burnley in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday evening.

    In their first game back after the World Cup break, United ran out 2-0 winners against the Championship leaders following goals in each half from Christian Eriksen and Marcus Rashford.

    Sancho, meanwhile, was not named on the bench as United’s £73 million signing continues to train away from the first team.

    When asked for an update on Sancho’s return after United’s win over Burnley, Ten Hag replied: ‘No.’

    When asked if he could give a timescale for Sancho’s comeback, Ten Hag shook his head again and said: ‘No’.

    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 21: Marcus Rashford of Manchester United celebrates scoring their side's second goal with teammate Tyrell Malacia during the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between Manchester United and Burnley at Old Trafford on December 21, 2022 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
    Marcus Rashford scored Manchester United’s second goal in their 2-0 win over Burnley in the Carabao Cup (Getty)

    Ten Hag also refused to be drawn on criticism of Gareth Southgate, who has been accused of underutilising Rashford during England’s World Cup campaign in Qatar.

    When asked if he was surprised by Rashford’s lack of playing time at the World Cup, Ten Hag said: ‘It’s for the manager of England, it’s not my game so I can’t give a comment on that.

    ‘What I can only say is I think he’s on a very good level, his performances are improving a lot from game to game, he’s a continued threat.

    ‘Today but also in many other games this season, he’s already scored a lot of goals, also he does a lot of defending work, don’t forget that.

    ‘I’m really happy with his performances and I hope and expect him to keep going with this attitude and performance level.’

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