What Jadon Sancho would offer Man Utd

Manchester United continue to be strongly linked with a move for Jadon Sancho this summer.

The 20-year-old has been tearing it up in Germany with Borussia Dortmund for the past two seasons, becoming a regular in Gareth Southgate’s England national team in the process.

Sancho has scored 17 goals and recorded 16 assists in only 27 Bundesliga games (22 starts) this season, as well as two goals and two assists in his eight Champions League appearances (7 starts).

The attacker has been used in a number of positions under Lucien Favre in this campaign alone – predominantly down the right wing, but also a number of appearances down the left, as well as a central attacking midfielder on occasions too. His last two appearances have included time up front too but that was due to a injury to striker Erling Håland.

Ole Gunnar Solskjær is seemingly interested in another attacking player this summer. 12 months ago Manchester United signed Daniel James from Championship side Swansea City. The Welsh international has started 25 of their 29 Premier League matches so far this season, appearing from the bench twice more too.

James split his time between playing down both wings though slightly more down the right. The Red Devils have used Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial as both strikers and on the left wing this season too.

Should Manchester United sign Jadon Sancho this summer, the obvious role for him would be for him to start down the right wing, displacing Daniel James. He has similar pace to the Welsh forward but is a much bigger goal threat.

I would also expect Sancho to rotate to the left during games too, and even from the start. He’s been a bigger threat cutting in on his right foot from that flank for Borussia Dortmund at times too.

Lucien Favre’s side are very successful on the counter-attack, something that Solskjær has been turning his Manchester United side into as well. They already have three pacey players up front, so Sancho won’t add anything different in that aspect, but his smarts and unselfishness will certainly aid United here.

The price tag thrown around has been as high as £100 million in recent months, but given that the star is still only 20 years old, it wouldn’t be a ridiculous sum by any means given the talent, longevity and potential he still has.