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Victor Lindelof becomes first Manchester United player to publicly address Jadon Sancho saga

Josh Lawless

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Victor Lindelof becomes first Manchester United player to publicly address Jadon Sancho saga

Victor Lindelof has become the first Manchester United player to address the ongoing situation involving Jadon Sancho.

Sancho was not included in United's squad for the 3-1 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates last Sunday despite being fit and available to play.

Manager Erik ten Hag caused an almighty stir in his post-match press conference when he revealed Sancho had been left out because he did not meet the levels expected in training.

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"We didn't select him," the Dutchman explained.

"You have to reach a level every day at Manchester United and we can make choices on the frontline, so for this game he wasn't selected."

Sancho hit back, claiming the comments from his boss were untrue and that he has "been a scapegoat" in a detailed social media statement.

Jadon Sancho has been linked to the Saudi Pro League (Getty)
Jadon Sancho has been linked to the Saudi Pro League (Getty)
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He wrote: "Please don't believe everything you read! I will not allow people saying things that is completely untrue, I have conducted myself in training very well this week.

“I believe there are other reasons for this matter that I won't go into, I've been a scapegoat for a long time which isn't fair!

“All I want to do is play football with a smile on my face and contribute to the team. I respect all decisions that are made by the coaching staff, I play with fantastic players and I am grateful to do so, which I know every week is a challenge. I will continue to fight for this badge no matter what!”

The England international's future has been called into question as a result and defender Lindelof was the first to comment on the matter while on international duty with Sweden.

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Image: Getty
Image: Getty

The former Benfica man remained tight-lipped and also touched on speculation surrounding his own future.

As per Fabrizio Romano, Lindelof said: “Sancho? Many things are written about United and it will always be like that. We are a united group. I don't think about it.

“I love Manchester United and I still have a contract. So I can say that my exit this summer wasn’t close at all.”

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Sancho was the subject of an offer from Steven Gerrard's Al Ettifaq on the Saudi Pro League's transfer deadline day but the club could not afford United's demands.

A new report from ESPN claims Ten Hag has not felt need to clarify or tone down his remarks and, citing one source, states that “the players have had enough of him”.

Sancho joined United from Borussia Dortmund in in 2021 for a fee of £73 million but has scored just 12 times.

Featured Image Credit: Getty & Sky Sports

Topics: Jadon Sancho, Manchester United, Premier League, Victor Lindelof, Erik Ten Hag

Josh Lawless
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