Fabrizio Romano reveals mindset of unhappy Man Utd star after brutal World Cup snub

Lisandro Martinez, Jadon Sancho, Manchester United, September 2022 Credit: Alamy
Lisandro Martinez, Jadon Sancho, Manchester United, September 2022 Credit: Alamy

Transfer insider Fabrizio Romano has revealed how Jadon Sancho has coped with his World Cup snub as the Manchester United attacker watches on at events in Qatar from a distance.

The 22-year-old has 23 England caps to his name and played a part in England reaching the final of Euro 2020 at Wembley before the Three Lions suffered penalty heartbreak to Italy.

However, he was left out of Gareth Southgate’s 26-man squad for Qatar and is now back training at Carrington.

Romano has given some insight into the player’s mood, especially given England’s bright start to the competition.

Southgate’s men hammered Iran 6-2 in their opening game and face USA on Friday evening.

And writing for the Daily Briefing, his exclusive CaughtOffside column on Substack, Romano revealed that Sancho is planning to work hard to get back to his best.

“It’s normal not to be happy, not just Sancho but many players left out by their national team,” Romano said.

“He’s determined to work hard, be back at top level and be part of England future in the next months and years.”

Sancho has not quite looked the same player he did at Borussia Dortmund since moving to Old Trafford in 2021.

He made a decent start to the new campaign under Erik ten Hag. However, he was missing for the games prior to Qatar due to a lack of form and also illness.

Garnacho emergence a problem for Sancho

Sancho has also now been helped by the emergence of young winger Alejandro Garnacho, who has been brilliant when called upon.

Indeed, the Argentine hit the winner off the bench in the victory at Fulham before the World Cup break.

Sancho now faces a major battle to first convince Ten Hag that he is worthy of a regular Red Devils start again before then trying to force his way back into the England reckoning.

If he cannot do that then the attacker could end up becoming another big-money failure at Old Trafford.

The likes of Paul Pogba, Angel Di Maria, Alexis Sanchez, Romelu Lukaku and countless others have come and gone in recent times.

Sancho will at least have the chance to build up his fitness and make an impression on Ten Hag while many of his teammates strut their stuff in Qatar.

United are not back in action until December 21 when they host Burnley in the Carabao Cup.

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