The 23-year-old attacker did not make the trip as the Red Devils faced the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium, ultimately suffering a disappointing 3-1 defeat following two late goals.
Sancho’s omission raised eyebrows and fuelled speculation over a potential rift within the United camp.
Ten Hag attributed Sancho’s absence to his underwhelming performance in training sessions.
However, Sancho has challenged this explanation, contesting the manager’s portrayal of events.
In a bold move, Sancho took to Instagram to vent his frustration. He claimed to have been a ‘scapegoat for a long time’, openly challenging his manager’s criticism.
Sources close to the England international have voiced their concerns, asserting that he hasn’t been afforded a fair opportunity to cement his place in the team.
They point out that Antony, also struggling for consistency, has sometimes received preferential treatment, starting games despite his poor form for the club.
Despite these claims, insiders from the United camp continue to dismiss the theory of preferential treatment, firmly believing that Ten Hag remains convinced that Sancho has more to offer the team.
Sancho arrived at Old Trafford in a high-profile £73 million transfer from Borussia Dortmund in 2021 but has faced challenges finding consistent form.
His record of 12 goals in 82 appearances across all competitions for the Red Devils has drawn criticism.
Questions already loom over the player’s future at Old Trafford, with Chelsea reportedly showing interest in the recently closed transfer window.
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