Ryan Giggs suggests Erik ten Hag's public critique of Jadon Sancho may be a "last throw of the dice"
Ryan Giggs has shared his insights into the recent public criticism of Jadon Sancho by manager Erik ten Hag. Giggs believes that Ten Hag's decision to publicly address Sancho's performance may be an attempt to spark improvement as a "last throw of the dice."
Ten Hag left Sancho out of the squad for Manchester United's recent match against Arsenal, citing the player's poor training performances as the reason for his exclusion. Sancho responded on social media, defending his commitment and stating that there might be other undisclosed reasons behind his omission.
Giggs expressed his view during an interview with Webby and O’Neill, stating, "It seems like it was the last throw of the dice. Let’s call him out publicly and see how he reacts. From the outside you don’t know, but it looks like Ten Hag has tried everything with Sancho really."
Giggs, who had been a fan of Sancho when he joined the club, shared his perspective on the player's development. "I thought that he could get better, could improve, which he’s not really done in the short space of time he has been at the club," said Giggs. "For me, he always made the right choices in that final third which is rare for a young winger. But it just hasn’t happened."
The former Manchester United winger also emphasized the importance of training performances, stating that training at the club was harder than the games themselves. "You have to have the performances in training to get yourself on that pitch on a Saturday. He’s got to improve, that’s the bottom line. Because you’ve got a manager who won’t settle for every day."
Giggs believes that responsibility extends beyond the manager, suggesting that Sancho's teammates should also play a role in motivating and supporting him. He emphasized the importance of the dressing room in driving each other to perform at their best and urged the players to take responsibility in ensuring that Sancho meets the club's expectations.
In conclusion, Giggs emphasized that the onus is on Sancho to regain his form, build his fitness, confidence, and physicality, and demonstrate his commitment on the training pitch to avoid further criticism from the manager.