Man Utd have suffered £293m catastrophe as Ten Hag faces three-part nightmare

Man Utd players' feelings towards Jadon Sancho after latest Erik ten Hag spat

Just a few years ago, a right-wing department featuring Antony, Jadon Sancho and Mason Greenwood would have promised a club one of Europe’s finest for the next decade. Now, Manchester United could enter next summer with the position at the summit of their priority list.

It’s the latest on a long list of issues Erik ten Hag has had to navigate past in his short time as United manager.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer splashed £73million to sign Sancho from Borussia Dortmund in 2021 when he was considered one of the world’s most exciting young talents.

Sancho was in the same conversation as Kylian Mbappe after registering 16 goals and 15 assists in his final season in Germany.

Fast forward two years, his Old Trafford future is in serious doubt after publicly questioning Ten Hag’s authority last Sunday.

Even moving the ongoing row out of the picture, just 12 goals and six assists in 82 United appearances has underwhelmed.

Sancho’s below-par form in matches and on the training pitch has seen him plummet down Ten Hag’s wing pecking order.

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One of those ahead of him is Antony, who joined in an £86m deal as one of Ten Hag’s first signings as Red Devils boss.

The 23-year-old spent most of last season and the start of this term on the right, but his Old Trafford future is now under the spotlight.

Antony has mutually agreed a leave of absence until further notice amid allegations of domestic abuse against him from three former girlfriends in Brazilian media.

He has strongly denied any wrongdoing, and United have confirmed he has agreed to stay away from Carrington until he has addressed the allegations.

It follows Mason Greenwood’s loan exit on transfer deadline day, joining Getafe after United reportedly made a U-turn on plans to reintegrate him into Ten Hag’s squad.

The Athletic claimed chief executive Richard Arnold – the process’ decision-maker – had told club staff that the plan was for Greenwood to return this season.

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The Crown Prosecution Service dropped all charges of attempted rape, assault and coercive and controlling behaviour against him in February due to the ‘withdrawal of key witnesses’.

But his reported comeback sparked social media criticism, allegedly forcing United to understand there was no way back.

Before his January 2022 arrest, Greenwood was reportedly worth £134m, potentially contributing to United’s reluctance to sanction a move elsewhere.

With Greenwood in Spain, Sancho on the naughty step and Antony out of the picture, Ten Hag must wonder how he has been left in this situation.

But the Dutchman must find a resolution before club football returns, with a challenging double-header against Brighton and Hove Albion and Bayern Munich on the horizon.

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