Ryan Giggs has explained the reason behind Erik ten Hag’s public criticism of Jadon Sancho and the legendary Man United player called it a “last throw of the dice”.
The former Manchester United player and coach was discussing the recent crisis at Old Trafford which saw United manager Erik ten Hag and Jadon Sancho engage in a public altercation.
What has happened between Erik ten Hag and Jadon Sancho?
The former Ajax head coach has found it difficult to get the best out of the 73 million pounds rated winger since he became Man United boss 14 months ago.
Meanwhile, the former Manchester City player is still struggling to find his fine form and live up to his massive price tag since joining the Old Trafford outfit from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2021.
The England ace was left out of the United team that traveled to London to face Arsenal on Sunday, 3rd of September, and Ten Hag spared no time to reveal why he took the tough decision, saying that he was unimpressed by the winger’s performances in training.
However, Sancho made a critical mistake and took to social media to call out Ten Hag for his decision and labeled the Dutchman a liar.
He was less than pleased with Ten Hag’s comment, insisting that he was being used as a scapegoat and that there was nothing wrong with his performance in training.
The former Ajax boss stood by his words after Sancho called him out on social media and has become the talking point at Man United and beyond.
Former United player, Ryan Giggs has now shared his view on the ongoing dilemma between the player and his manager, and it seems like the legendary player isn’t impressed by Sancho’s action.
Ryan Giggs on Jadon Sancho’s situation
Speaking on the Webby and O’Neill YouTube channel, Giggs said he acknowledges Ten Hag has done everything he can to boost Sancho and indicated the ball was now in Sancho’s court to either show his coach what he’s made of or sit and scowl.
The former Man United captain said; “It looks like Ten Hag has tried everything with Sancho. It seems like it was the last throw of the dice. Let’s call him out publicly and see how he reacts”.
The former Wales International proceeded to insinuate that it is now left to Sancho to handle what could follow over his public outburst.
He said; “The player can react and think ‘Right I’ll show him, I’ll show the manager what I’m capable of’, or he can sulk and probably won’t get anywhere. It’s up to Sancho now”.
Giggs assumed by clarifying that training performance is essential and is tougher than the real games.
He added; “In my experience training was harder than the games, so you have to have that performance to get on the pitch on the Saturday, he’s got to improve”.
The 23-year-old has been struggling to find good form and fitness since joining the 20-time Premier League winning team with just 12 goals and six assists in 82 appearances in all competitions compared to the excellent display he had during his spell at Borussia Dortmund.
Jadon Sancho has been strongly linked with a move away from Manchester United with the Saudi Arabia outfit Al Ettifaq interested in his service.
The Middle East club side failed to meet United’s asking price for the England winger and he’s set to stay at Old Trafford in other to fight for his place.
Ryan Giggs wants Manchester United sales done
Ryan Giggs has advised Manchester United to settle the sale of the club and get the deal done, claiming that the off-field story jeopardizes his former club’s impacts on the pitch.
The Glazer family has owned Manchester United Since 2005. In November 2018, they declared their intention to investigate investment opportunities, including the possibility of a full sale. Since then, they have received offers from British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe and Qatari businessman Sheikh Jassim.
On Tuesday, 5th of September, sources close to the two potential buyers said that neither had been informed that the deal had been canceled. The Glazer family, though, doesn’t seem to be any closer to a sale.
The parties involved in the long-running controversy are also dissatisfied with the Glazers since they have not been given any clear indication of the Glazers’ position.
Speaking to reporters over Man United sales, Giggs said; “I think like anyone, all the other fans, we just want it resolved”.
“If there is a takeover, let’s get it done. I know there are billions of pounds (involved) but let’s just get it done. If things weren’t too bad on the pitch, if we were winning games and trophies, then you could probably get away with it”.
“But we’re not winning games, we’re not winning trophies, and it’s just an added pressure for the players and the manager with lots of outside noise.
He added; “The manager has enough to cope with on the pitch – he doesn’t need the added pressure at press conferences and being asked about takeover bids”.
Ryan Giggs was undoubtedly one of Manchester United’s greats who has a record of 963 appearances during his playing time at Old Trafford.
With his outstanding performances, he secured several domestic and European trophies with the Red Devils including winning the Treble in 1999.
What’s next for Manchester United?
The Old Trafford outfit will be back in action after the International break against Brighton & Hove Albion in the English Premier League on Saturday, 16th of September.