Erik ten Hag has admitted there is “a way to go” before Jadon Sancho is welcomed back into the Manchester United matchday squad.
The winger has not featured for United since October’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea and was put on an individual training programme over the festive season. He has not been included in the squad to take on Arsenal this Sunday, although has returned to first-team group training.
Sancho had a promising start to the season, netting three times in his first seven matches which included a composed turn and finish in the 2-1 win over Liverpool. However, his last inclusion in a matchday squad came in the 1-0 win over West Ham on October 30, remaining on the bench
Speaking to club media ahead of the clash with table-toppers Arsenal – against whom Sancho played 67 minutes in September’s 3-1 win – Ten Hag detailed he wants to see “progress” from the 22-year-old if he is to break back into his in-game plans.
“It [group training] is the next step – he still has a way to go,” he said. “He will know that, but when he makes this progress, then he can return in the group for games. Of course, we all hope that, because he is a great footballer. He has great skills that can help us.
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