Manchester United have secured the signing of Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho after a long saga. The Red Devils have been trying to get the deal over since last summer and in the end, they managed to finalize the deal.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will reportedly pay £73 million plus £4 million in bonuses. This is significantly less than the German side were asking for their asset last summer. The Red Devils owners saved £35 million on this deal by delaying one year.
Manchester United have already announced the transfer of Sancho, however, there is still medical pending before the deal gets done completely. The signature of one of the upcoming best talents will bolster the attacking options at Old Trafford.
Where could Sancho fit in the Manchester United system?
Jadon Sancho has served on both flanks of the pitch for Borussia Dortmund and that will be the case at Manchester United as well. The English winger can play anywhere across the forward line.
Manchester United has been looking for a quality right winger for some time now. Mason Greenwood has filled that void over the last couple of seasons but he is a centre forward by trade. Solskjaer bought Amad Diallo last season to play in that role, however, he needs time to develop.
Sancho has been producing one of the best goal contributions in Europe’s top five leagues for Dortmund. The 21-year-old is a remarkable finisher as well as a creator of chances, he has scored 25 goals and registered 27 assists in 58 league appearances over the last two seasons.
The Englishman is quick and also has trickery in his feet which is essential to break the deep line defences. The winger also has an eye for intricate passes between the defensive lines. Manchester United have struggled to find ways through against the low blocks and Sancho will certainly help to break down those defensive structures.
The right-wing position at Old Trafford is now reserved for the 21-year-old, however, he will also be seen on the left-wing. The winger is effective on both flanks and most importantly, Marcus Rashford will get much-needed rest during the season which was an issue last season for Solskjaer.
So, the signing of Jadon Sancho will bolster the Manchester United attacking options. However, they will not become title contenders. The Red Devils still have gaps to fill especially in defence and in the central defensive midfield position. Without reinforcing these two areas, United will not reach anywhere near winning the Premier League title.
Manchester United’s probable starting eleven next season(4-2-3-1):
De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, Pogba; Sancho, Fernandes, Rashford; Cavani