Former Arsenal chief criticises Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag for ‘no-brainer’ mistake

The Dutchman failed to get the most out of one of the club’s biggest signings (Picture: Getty)

Former Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund transfer chief Sven Mislintat has shared his dismay that Jadon Sancho’s move to Manchester United has not worked out and is unimpressed by Erik ten Hag’s management of him.

Just two-and-a-half years after his big-money move to Old Trafford, the 23-year-old has returned to Germany on loan after a huge falling out with his manager.

Sancho was dropped from the matchday squad at the start of the September for a defeat against Arsenal, with Ten Hag claiming afterwards that the winger had not been working hard enough in training.

But Sancho was furious with that accusation, taking to social media to claim he was being made a ‘scapegoat’, and was banished by his manager until he issued a public apology – something he continues to refuse to do.

He was loaned back to Dortmund this month and already has an assist to his name, while he also won a penalty in his last outing.

Mislintat, who was axed by Ajax last year, actually played a key role in Sancho’s move from Manchester City to BVB in 2017 and is surprised things did not work out at Old Trafford, with Ten Hag seemingly to blame.

‘Jadon Sancho was the last transfer that Michael Zorc and I worked on together,’ Mislintat told Sky Sport Germany.

Sancho has quickly re-found his swagger back at Dortmund (Picture: Getty)

‘On the one hand, he’s a sensational guy and has a good heart, and on the other, he’s an absolute difference-maker in the Bundesliga.

‘If you get the chance to sign a player like that and your budget allows it, it’s a no-brainer.

‘I’m a bit surprised – in a negative way – that Erik ten Hag wasn’t able to get the best out of him, because Manchester United would have benefited from this quality.’

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Mislintat also revealed that Sancho received a late approach from Bayern before his first move to Dortmund nearly seven years ago but stayed true to his word and joined Dortmund.

He added: ‘I’m glad he’s back at BVB. When we first signed him, we had trustworthy discussions with him, his family and his agent right from the start.

‘Bayern tried their best to sign him relatively late on deadline day, but Jadon, and this further shows his qualities, didn’t think about it for a second and kept his commitment.’

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