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Jadon Sancho: The rise and fall

Manchester United winger Jadon Sancho is now at a crossroads in his career at Old Trafford and could soon be on his way out of the club after a public falling-out with coach Erik ten Hag.

The 23-year-old made a name for himself at Borussia Dortmund after deciding to leave Manchester City's academy, but his time at Old Trafford has yet to go to plan, and his recent issues could mean the end of his time in Manchester.

Sancho has gone from one of the brightest youngsters in Europe to a forgotten man and he now has a few months to save his career, with time running out for him to make Gareth Southgate's England squad for Euro 2024.

Dortmund move the perfect choice for Sancho

In 2017, Sancho decided to take a risk and leave the comforts of the Manchester City academy and headed to the Bundesliga to sign for Borussia Dortmund.

The German giants paid a fee in the region of £8million for his services and he soon became the first Englishman to play in the Bundesliga for Dortmund.

Sancho was quickly rewarded with a long-term contract until 2022, and he continued to lead by example, winning the Bundesliga Player of the Month award in October 2018 after scoring three goals and an assist in just three matches.

Later that month, he became the first player born in 2000s to score in the Champions League, netting for Dortmund against Atletico Madrid.

The records continued to tumble for Sancho in Germany, as he broke Lukas Podolski's record to become the youngest player to score nine Bundesliga goals, aged 18 years and 336 days.

He also became the youngest-ever Dortmund player to score at least 10 goals in a single league campaign and it was this form that started to get him noticed across Europe.

Sancho won the DFL-Supercup and DFB-Pokal during his time in Germany and his form for Die Borussen soon caught the attention of Southgate.

Southgate the one to give Sancho his chance

Sancho came through the England ranks at youth level, representing youth teams at under-16, under-17 and under-19 levels.

After an impressive start to the 2018-19 campaign, Sancho was named in Southgate's squad in October 2018 ahead of Nations League matches against Croatia and Spain.

Since 2018, Sancho has made 23 appearances for his country, scoring three goals, but Southgate has not utilised him in recent times.

He was not included in England's squad for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, and that was mainly down to a slow start to life at Old Trafford.

Sancho's return to Manchester

Former Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was the man who tempted Sancho to return to his former stamping ground in July 2021, with United paying an initial £73million for his services.

Sancho's five-year contract showed the faith United had in him, but his first two campaigns at Old Trafford failed to catch fire.

The former City youngster scored three goals in 29 Premier League games in his first season at United, while he doubled that tally last year in 26 league appearances.

Sancho had hoped to build on his three appearances this season, but he is now training alone and his career with the Red Devils is hanging in the balance.

Sancho has to repair Ten Hag relationship

Within the last 18 months, Sancho has lost his England spot and his place in the United squad is now a thing of the past.

Sancho has been told to train away from the first team until his issues with Ten Hag are resolved. The former Ajax boss left Sancho out of his squad for the clash with Arsenal earlier this month, claiming his training displays were below standard.

Via social media, Sancho claimed he had been "a scapegoat for a long time", and that response has only increased the tension between the pair.

Sancho has battled physical and mental issues of late, and the increased competition for places has done him no favours.

At Dortmund, he was sometimes unplayable, cutting in from either flank and using his pace to devastating effect.

He is known for his technical ability, and United's poor form could mean Ten Hag tries to patch things up with Sancho as long as he shows a desire to repair their relationship.

United's start to the season has been poor, and with the Champions League starting in the coming days, Sancho will be desperate to force himself back into the club's first-team squad.

The Red Devils are 20/1 to win the Champions League, while they are 9/4 to win Group A ahead of Bayern Munich, Galatasaray and FC Copenhagen.

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