Jose Mourinho makes clear who he blames for Jadon Sancho struggles at Man United

Jadon Sancho of Manchester United and Erik Ten Hag
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Jose Mourinho has pointed the finger at Erik ten Hag for not maximising Jadon Sancho's potential during his time at Manchester United.

Sancho, aged 24, has rediscovered his form after returning to Borussia Dortmund on loan in January and featured for Edin Terzic's team against Real Madrid in the Champions League final at Wembley. The young winger had a tough spell at Old Trafford, culminating in a fallout with Ten Hag, who criticised Sancho's training performances in September.

Following a refusal to apologise to the Dutch manager, Sancho was barred from all first-team facilities. Despite mixed views on the forward's situation, Mourinho has suggested that Ten Hag must accept some responsibility for the turn of events.

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On TNT Sports, ahead of the Champions League showdown, Mourinho commented on Sancho: "As a player we know his talent. For sure the kid made mistakes. But for sure also his manager was not able to get the best out of him.

“I think in this case for sure they [Manchester United] look at it and try to analyse what happened at Man United and what he found at Dortmund.”

Having experienced his own challenges with players throughout his career, Mourinho emphasised the importance of managers learning from their interactions with players. He continued: "If I look to my own history sometimes I failed with players, I couldn't create the right empathy and I couldn't understand the player's DNA, I couldn't help players to grow in the right direction.

"The majority of the times I did but on some occasions I couldn't. I tried to understand the nature of the player and they have the talent but sometimes not the mindset that you want."

"Normally it is not multi-factorial. Normally it is the manager, the player, the family, the agent, the club.

"Looking at myself as a coach I did many times get the best out of young players and help them to be what they were in the future. Other times I failed. Even being multi-factorial we are part of it and as coaches with more experience we manage situations of deja vu when we get older and try to help the player to go in the right direction."