Over two years have passed since Jadon Sancho first joined the team, and it seemed like a coup when Man United acquired him from Dortmund.
On Tuesday night, Jadon Sancho did what everyone had been expecting for him to do: he deleted his explosive social media post.
After the non-international players returned to training on Monday afternoon, Sancho and Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag had a discussion at Carrington about the post that had continued to appear on his page.
On X, now known as Twitter, the post that was prominently displayed on his profile seemed to be an act of disobedience, and erasing it did not save him the consequences.
Sancho had little chance of playing against Brighton this weekend, and it was announced on Thursday that he would continue to practice alone.
“Jadon Sancho will remain on a personal training programme away from the first-team group, pending resolution of a squad discipline issue,” said a one-sentence club statement.
At his pre-game press conference on Friday afternoon, Ten Hag will issue a statement and undoubtedly provide an update on Sancho.
It is unknown how long Sancho will be left out in the cold after Cristiano Ronaldo’s spectacular refusal to enter the game as a substitute and marching down the tunnel against Tottenham in October of last year earned him a one-game punishment from Ten Hag.
What happens after he is eventually accepted back onto the team will depend on his performances, which have been overwhelmingly dismal ever since he joined with a rising reputation.
While at Borussia Dortmund, Sancho was regarded as one of the best young prospects in Europe, and the £72.8 million transfer fee felt like fantastic value, especially when you consider that Jack Grealish cost £100 million the following summer.
Grealish, who had a sluggish start, has developed into a key player at the Etihad while Sancho has continued to play both sides at Old Trafford, giving the impression that this could be his final campaign with the team even before his outburst following the Arsenal game.
When Sancho joined in the summer of 2021, Ole Gunnar Solskajer waxed poetic about the winger, and it seemed like the Norwegian’s remarks from the announcement of the transfer could really now be about a different player.