Pogba, Ronaldo and Other Premier League Stars Who Publicly Clashed With Their Managers After Sancho

Pogba, Ronaldo and Other Premier League Stars Who Publicly Clashed With Their Managers After Sancho

Elijah Odetokun
updated at September 7, 2023 at 8:53 AM
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  • Jadon Sancho may have played his last game for Manchester United after a public spat with Erik ten Hag
  • The Manchester United forward released a statement on Twitter to counter his manager's criticism
  • He is not the first in world football to do so, not even at Manchester United

Jadon Sancho shook the football world on Sunday after releasing a public statement to debunk Erik ten Hag's claims that he was dropped due to his training attitude.

Manchester United had just lost 3-1 to Arsenal, and the player who was missing from the matchday squad and the following incident overshadowed the match's outcome.

Jadon Sancho, Erik ten Hag, Manchester United.
Jadon Sancho faces an uncertain future at Manchester United after clashing with Erik ten Hag. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP.
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The English forward is not the first of his kind, not even at Old Trafford, as Sports Brief looks at others.

6. Yaya Toure

The four-time African footballer of the year had issues with Pep Guardiola at Barcelona and Manchester City, leading him to claim the Spaniard has problems with African players. Speaking about the incident to The Athletic, he apologised for the claims three years later in 2021.

His agent spoke about a curse on the manager that he would never win the UEFA Champions League again. Toure distanced himself from the statement days before City won their first Champions League.

5. Carlos Tevez

The Argentine has a history of being at loggerheads with his managers. He openly criticised Sir Alex Ferguson after joining city rivals Manchester City. Roberto Mancini should have known what was coming for him after the player joined City. According to Daily Star, Tevez refused to be subbed on in a Champions League game and was frozen out of the team for most of their first Premier League triumph.

4. Mario Balotelli

Football bad boy Mario Balotelli clashed with almost all the managers he played for. The "why always me" crooner. He had a training ground bust-up with Mancini simultaneously with the Tevez saga, but it was resolved quickly. Who knows? Mancini might be the problem, but both players' history of clashing with managers doesn't exonerate them.

3. Samir Nasri

Mancini was every shade of upset as City boss. French midfielder Samir Nasri had his share of the clash with the Italian manager. Both traded words and even threatened to get physical. If you clashed with three players at a club, you're a problem, but the named players aren't saints either.

2. Paul Pogba

One of the issues that plagued Pogba's career at Man Utd was his clash with head coach Jose Mourinho. It seems the problem is the atmosphere at Carrington and Old Trafford. The Portuguese signed the French star for a world record fee, but their fractious relationship spelt the manager's end at the club.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo endured a torrid time during his second spell at the club where he first shot to limelight. Erik ten Hag's response to Ronaldo's family problems angered the Portuguese, who slammed him for disrespect during his interview with Piers Morgan, and that led to his contract getting terminated at the club.

Sancho faces possible Man Utd axe

Sports Brief reported that Jadon Sancho could be exiled from the first team after his public criticism of Erik ten Hag, who has carved a niche as a disciplinarian.

He had previously done this with one of the greatest players in the club's history, Ronaldo, and dropped Rashford after turning up for a team meeting a minute late.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.
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