Ralf Rangnick has made his feelings on Jadon Sancho clear in an honest interview.
Manchester United and England winger Sancho has rejoined Borussia Dortmund on loan for the rest of the current season.
The 23-year-old moved to United in a £73million deal from the German outfit in July 2021 but has not played for the Old Trafford club since August 26 after falling out with manager Erik ten Hag. Sancho has been training away from the first team since September.
Upon completing the loan move, which contains no option to buy, Sancho said: “When I came into the dressing room today, it felt like ‘coming home’.
“I know the club inside and out, I’ve always been very close with the fans here, and I’ve never lost contact with those in charge.
“I can’t wait to see my teammates again, go out on the pitch, play football with a smile on my face, prepare goals, score goals and help qualify for the Champions League.”
Sancho’s relationship with Ten Hag deteriorated after he was omitted from the squad for a defeat at Arsenal, with the United boss stating it was because of the standard of his performance in training.
Sancho rejected those claims in a social media post, adding that he was being made a “scapegoat” while he later refused to apologise.
The incident has led to questions from certain quarters concerning Sancho’s attitude.
However former United interim boss Rangnick insisted that in his half-a-season at Old Trafford Sancho’s attitude never came into question.
Rangnick said, viaSky Germany: “He had his best time in Dortmund and, when he was healthy, he always played for me. However, he wasn’t as carefree as in Dortmund.
“But that was also due to the overall situation. When he was fit, he was set and did well under me. He no longer had a chance in Manchester. He now has to get back into a rhythm and really into shape in Dortmund. From his point of view, the change makes perfect sense.
“In the six months I had him, there wasn’t a single discipline problem. On the contrary. He is a calm and pleasant guy.”