- Jadon Sancho was banished from training after his rift with Erik ten Hag
- The £73m winger was seen playing EA Sports FC before United played Bayern
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The England winger has been banished from training by manager Erik ten Hag after the player failed to apologise for a social media post hitting back at his boss when he said he had been dropped from the team over his training performances.
Sancho returned to Carrington after the international break before the club announced he was set to continue on a personal programme having been unable to heal his rift with Ten Hag.
But just under two hours until kick off, eagle-eyed supporters noticed the player was enjoying a game of EA Sports FC 24 – formely the popular FIFA series – with Sancho playing the mode called Pro Clubs.
Jadon Sancho has been spotted playing EA Sports FC online just before Man United’s game against Bayern Munich after being banished from training
Fans noticed the out-of-favour winger was playing the video game’s Pro Club’s mode
One fan posted a picture of the screenshot accompanied by some laughing emojis with the caption: ‘Sancho is on clubs whilst United are about to play Bayern.’
Another wrote: ‘Jadon Sancho is currently playing Pro Clubs on EAFC 24… Man United play Bayern Munich in less than an hour.’
The 23-year-old’s disagreement with Ten Hag came after he refused to back down when his coach became incensed by Sancho’s comments on social media that effectively branded Ten Hag a liar when he claimed he hadn’t been training at an adequate level.
The England star hit back on Twitter, writing: ‘Please don’t believe everything you read!’ he said. ‘I will not allow people to say things that are completely untrue. I have conducted myself in training very well this week.
The winger posted a tweet hitting back at Erik Ten Hag’s claims he had underperformed in training
Sancho and Ten Hag held face-to-face talks in a bid to ease tensions but the player was still sent away from training after failing to apologise for the post
‘I believe there are other reasons for this matter that I won’t go into, I’ve been a scapegoat for a long time which isn’t fair!
‘All I want to do is play football with a smile on my face and contribute to the team. I respect all decisions that are made by the coaching staff, I play with fantastic players and I am grateful to do so, which I know every week is a challenge. I will continue to fight for this badge no matter what!’
Despite heading back to Carrington for clear the air talks with Ten Hag, the Dutchman was still unimpressed and Mail Sport this week revealed the decision to banish him from training was made after Sancho refused to apologise for the post.
A statement from United confirmed Sancho would train away from the first team, writing: ‘Jadon Sancho will remain on a personal training programme away from the first-team group pending resolution of a squad discipline issue.’