According to a recent report by The Mirror, Manchester United have received a big boost in pursuit of Borussia Dortmund playmaker Jadon Sancho after Manchester City decided not to exercise their option to match any offers for the England international next month. A bidding war is expected to take place in January with a whole host of clubs interested in Sancho’s services (via The Mirror).
The Daily Mail has also suggested that the Red Devils will face stiff competition from Chelsea in the race to bring the Bundesliga sensation back to England. It is believed that the Pensioners boss Frank Lampard has made Sancho his primary target for next summer. This recent development will be a bitter pill to swallow for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer especially if his side ends up missing out on a top 4 finish at the end of this campaign.
Does Man United Need Sancho?
Man United are in dire need of a quality playmaker in their squad as they have struggled to create enough opportunities from midfield in the absence of Paul Pogba. Most of the goal-scoring workload falls on the shoulders of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Daniel James. In contrast, the likes of Andreas Pereira, Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata have failed to provide any spark when operating in the number ten position.
Thus, Solskjaer should think about signing Sancho as he has the potential to strike up a fruitful partnership with the Man United frontline. Furthermore, he will also help them compete for silverware in the coming years.
The 19-year-old has featured in 20 matches for Dortmund this term, scoring nine goals while creating ten assists on all fronts. He is an exceptional winger who has represented Gareth Southgate’s England in 11 international matches while scoring two goals in the process. Sancho is averaging 1.8 shots, 1.8 key passes and 2.6 dribbles per game in the German top-flight this season (stats via whoscored).
What Will The Bundesliga Dazzler Add To Solskjaer’s Side?
The former Manchester City prospect is versatile enough to play in any position across the frontline. He is primarily a right-sided winger but can also play on the other flank or as an attacking midfielder down the middle. Sancho excels at dribbling with the ball at high speed and is very effective in 1v1 scenarios.
The Dortmund starlet has the pace to beat any defender and can create some clear-cut goal-scoring chances for his teammates. He has also transformed himself into an accomplished finisher in the final third. Sancho will be a massive coup for the Red Devils if they can figure out a way to lure him to Old Trafford.