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Gary Lineker reacts to reports that Manchester United are backing Erik ten Hag as tensions build with Jadon Sancho

Manchester United have decided to stand by manager Erik ten Hag following his comments about Jadon Sancho after their 3-1 loss at Arsenal yesterday, according to the Guardian.

The England international is now at risk of facing disciplinary action over his social media outburst after the game.

Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker has thrown his weight behind the Man United forward, taking to social media platform X to react after the club opted to back their manager.

The Red Devils and Ten Hag have decided against making a public statement in response to Sancho’s post, but it is expected that they will punish him for going public rather than having private talks with the manager.

Sancho came off the bench in each of the opening three Premier League games of the season against Wolverhampton Wanderers, Tottenham Hotspur and Nottingham Forest.

He was dropped from the matchday squad that travelled to London to face the Gunners due to a poor attitude in training.

However, the 23-year-old responded on X some hours later, telling the fans not to believe all they read.

Tensions have been building between Ten Hag and Sancho, with the Dutchman unhappy with his performances in training for weeks, which led to him being eventually dropped for their biggest game of the season to date.

Youngsters Hannibal Mejbri and Dan Gore were selected on the substitutes’ bench ahead of the former Borussia Dortmund star on Sunday.

Ten Hag has never hesitated to mete out the necessary disciplinary measures to erring players, leaving Marcus Rashford on the bench for a game at Wolves last December after the forward had reported late to a team meeting.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract was terminated following his explosive interview with Piers Morgan last November, Harry Maguire was stripped of the captaincy in July while David de Gea was released after the end of his contract to the dismay of many people.

The Red Devils boss takes no prisoners and Sancho is unlikely to go scot-free following his actions last night.