The moment Jadon Sancho returned to the Borussia Dortmund dressing room, a smile returned to his face.
The Manchester United outcast has cut escaped his feud with Erik Ten Hag, at least until the end of the season, with a loan move back to Germany, confirmed by a video from the BVB social media accounts of Sancho’s first day back.
“Yes, we’re back,” Sancho grinned, upon walking into the familiar dressing room.
Sancho comes home to the team that made him
From banter with the team staff, to an adorable reunion with Dortmund captain Marco Reus, to awarding Sancho the number 10 shirt, it was clear both parties were glad to be back together.
The Manchester City academy product cut his teeth with the German giants. He signed with Dortmund at age 17, tallying 50 goals and 50 assists across four seasons with the Yellow and Black. He earned a status as one of the top young players in the world, and eventually, a $93 million transfer to Manchester United.
Escaping miserable Manchester United
Things went sour for Sancho at United, where he was unable to hit the ground running and then ran into trouble with new coach Erik Ten Hag. Sancho has spent the past year in exile from the team, training by himself, and rarely featuring in games.
Meanwhile, the Red Devils have suffered from inconsistent form. They were knocked out of the Champions League in the group stage, faced a long goalless run in December, and sit eighth in the Premier League at the winter break. However, United have the second-most losses (9) in the league of any team outside the relegation zone.
It is only until the end of the season, but his loan back to Dortmund has already put a smile on Sancho’s face, which is also a telling sign of the mess he leaves behind.