Erik ten Hag has reiterated that Manchester United will not rush Jadon Sancho's return. The boss calls for patience while working with the England international away from the spotlight.
The 22-year-old has not played for United since October. After missing out on participating in the World Championships, he undertook an individual training program. Ten Hag revealed in mid-December that Sancho was not only suffering from physical but also from mental problems.
The Dutchman, who is looking for attacking reinforcements in the January transfer window, stressed that a quick return of Sancho to action is not on the cards and that there is no timetable for his return.
"I'd like to have Jadon back as soon as possible but I can't force that process," said ten Hag. "I will do everything in my power, but there are processes that cannot be forced and this is one of them."
"I also need to show patience, although I don't have patience because we lack attacking opportunities. Players who are available and capable of contributing not just in the Premier League but at the highest level in football ."
"Jadon is someone who will contribute when he's fit and we'll have an extra option and that gives us more chances of winning a lot of games."
Asked about the current status of Sancho's condition, ten Hag admitted that while the winger's condition has improved, he is not yet ready to play. "In addition to the physical condition, there is also a mental connection," said the United coach. "I think he's making good progress physically now and that will help him. I hope he can come back quickly but I can't say how long it will take. At the moment he's not fit enough, no ."
"We still have some hurdles to clear. I think he's on the right track. I can't force that process, so I'm not doing it. I would be really happy right now if he returned to team training, that's next Step."
The United boss added: "Footballers are not robots. No two are the same, I think everyone needs an individual approach."
"Sometimes it's good to get away from where you're going every day to get a new fight and a new spirit. People have a different approach and that can give you the right nudge to get back on track get."
This article was originally published on 90min.com/de as Erik ten Hag gives an update on Jadon Sancho.