Media Mix-Up Causes Confusion Ahead of Champions League Clash
In a pre-match press conference before Manchester United’s Champions League encounter with FC Copenhagen, manager Erik ten Hag unintentionally sparked confusion among fans and media alike.
On Monday afternoon, Ten Hag provided an update on his squad’s fitness, stating, “Yes, we hope [to have players back from injury]. Sergio trained all week, today he will train, then we have to assess if he is game fit or can be available for the squad.” However, a misunderstanding occurred during the livestream on MUTV, leading many to believe that Ten Hag mentioned ‘Sancho’ instead of ‘Sergio’ (Reguilon).
This unexpected turn of events triggered speculation that winger Jadon Sancho might be making a surprise return to the first-team fold, despite the well-documented public disagreement between Ten Hag and Sancho. In September, the Englishman was notably omitted from the squad against Arsenal, with Ten Hag openly criticizing his training performances. Sancho, in response, released a statement refuting the manager’s claims. Since then, he has reportedly refused to apologize, resulting in his apparent exclusion from the first-team setup.
However, the Manchester Evening News clarified the situation, confirming that Ten Hag did, in fact, say ‘Sergio’ and not ‘Sancho.’ Journalist Samuel Luckhurst stated, “Ten Hag definitely said ‘Sergio,’ not ‘Sancho’ in response to my question on team news. It sounded like he said ‘Sancho,’ but the club confirmed he was referring to Reguilon.”
When pressed about Sancho before the Premier League clash against Sheffield United, Ten Hag cryptically remarked, “Everything has been said about him.”
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