MANCHESTER, England — Erik ten Hag has left the door open for Jadon Sancho to make his Manchester United return in opposition to Reading in the FA Cup.
The winger has not featured because the 1-1 draw with Chelsea on Oct. 22 and hung out away from the membership throughout the break for the World Cup, with Ten Hag saying Sancho was working to beat “physical and mental” points.
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He is again coaching with the squad at Carrington and Ten Hag mentioned he could be concerned in the squad for the FA Cup fourth-round tie at Old Trafford on Saturday (2.30 p.m. ET, stream dwell on ESPN+, US Only).
“He is training with the team and we will see,” Ten Hag advised a information convention on Friday. “He’s improving. He’s making steps and we will make the decision after training [on Friday].
“I mentioned he is on the best way again, he is making steps, he is again in staff coaching and we now have to see when he is prepared to return into video games.”
Luke Shaw, who missed the Carabao Cup victory over Nottingham Forest on Wednesday, is a doubt to face Reading but Diogo Dalot has been ruled out.
The Portugal full-back has missed the last four games with a muscle injury.
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“Dalot is unquestionably out and Shaw is a query mark,” Ten Hag added.
“We need to see after coaching. We all the time have points however I believe we may have a robust choice for this sport. We have a superb squad, we will cowl issues.”
United are heavy favourites to beat Reading, who are 14th in the Championship, but Ten Hag has warned his team against complacency.
“Football is rarely selected paper,” he said. “We need to be prepared for each sport, each opponent might be contact, particularly in the cup as a result of for them it is an ideal likelihood.
“We have to be aware of that, be on the front foot, focused and with energy.
“We wish to win each sport, so we plan each sport absolutely and the subsequent sport can also be a very powerful.”