Erik ten Hag admits Man United need Jadon Sancho back soon

Erik ten Hag admits Man United need Jadon Sancho back soon to boost their front line… but manager will NOT rush winger into action now he is back from training away from the squad

  • Erik ten Hag admits Man United need Jadon Sancho back as soon as possible 
  • Winger Sancho is now back at Carrington on an individual training programme 
  • He spent several weeks working in Holland on his physical and mental shape 
  • United already need to sign a striker after Cristiano Ronaldo’s acrimonious exit
  • And boss Ten Hag has acknowledged Sancho’s return can’t come soon enough 

Erik ten Hag admits Manchester United need Jadon Sancho back in action as soon as possible, but won’t force the England star to rush his recovery.

Sancho has returned to the club’s Carrington base to follow an individual fitness programme, after several weeks working alone in Holland because Ten Hag said he wasn’t in the right physical and mental shape to train with the rest of the squad.

United already need to sign a striker in the January transfer window after ripping up Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract, and Ten Hag acknowledged that Sancho would be a valuable addition to a depleted strike-force.

Man United boss Erik ten Hag has admitted he needs Jadon Sancho back as soon as possible

England winger Sancho has returned to Carrington training ground after several weeks spent working alone in Holland on an individual programme to boost his physical and mental state

The United boss revealed that the 22-year-old winger is making progress, but insisted that he will not push Sancho to come back before he is ready.

‘We have some hurdles to take, but I think he’s in a good direction,’ said Ten Hag. ‘I will be really happy the moment he returns to the squad for team training. That’s the next step.

‘The physical is also connected with the mental. He is now making good progress on the physical part and it will help him. I think – let’s say, I hope – he can return quickly, but I can’t say how long that will be.

But Dutch manager Ten Hag insisted he will not rush the 22-year-old back before he is ready

‘I would like him back as soon as possible. I will do everything in my power, but you can’t force some processes and this is one of them.

‘So I have to show patience, although I don’t have the patience because you are right, we have a lack of opportunities in the front line. When he is fit, Jadon is one who can contribute and then we’ll have an extra option.

‘He was in the Netherlands, but the process could also have been in England.. I think many top athletes, sometimes it’s good to go away from the place where you are every day to get a new vibe and experience.

He added that United’s medical team are still assessing Donny van de Beek’s right knee injury

‘People have a different approach and this can give you the right push to get back on track. Football players aren’t robots. No-one is the same. For everyone, you need an individual approach. We thought, in co-operation with Jadon, it was the best choice.’

Ten Hag said that United’s medical team are still assessing Donny van de Beek’s right knee injury, and stressed the importance of signing goalkeeper Jack Butland from Crystal Palace until the end of the season.

‘We need three experienced goalkeepers,’ said the Dutchman. ‘You don’t want a situation that hopefully you play for trophies and you have to put in a young keeper. It can kill your season.’

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