Jose Mourinho blames Erik ten Hag for failing to ‘get the best out of’ Jadon Sancho as he explains winger’s failure at Man Utd


The tension between Sancho and Ten Hag became evident after the Dutch manager publicly criticised Sancho’s training efforts. Following these remarks, Sancho took to social media to refute his manager’s claims, an act that further soured their relationship. The fallout resulted in Sancho being frozen out of the first-team setup in September after he refused to apologise for his public outburst – before being ultimately shipped out on loan to Borussia Dortmund in January.


Mourinho, a seasoned manager with a wealth of experience, including a tenure at Manchester United, sympathized with Sancho’s situation. In a chat with TNT Sports, Mourinho stated: “As a player, we know his talent. We saw what he could do, there are no doubts about it. What happened at Man United…if I look at my own history, sometimes I failed with players. Sometimes I couldn’t create the right empathy, I couldn’t understand the player’s DNA and I couldn’t help players grow up in the right direction. The majority of times, yes, I did it but on some occasions, I couldn’t.

“I think sometimes we have to learn with experiences, which I tried always to do, to try to understand the nature of the player. Sometimes they have the talent but don’t have the mindset you want from a player. For sure, the kid [Sancho] made mistakes, that’s for sure, but for sure his manager was not able to get the best out of him.”

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