What Jadon Sancho Brings To A 2nd Place Manchester United Side
According to Fabrizio Romano and the Athletic, Jadon Sancho’s deal with Manchester United is finally done.
Sancho still has to pass a medical, but the deal with Borussia Dortmund is finally done after over a year of negotiating between the two clubs.
England is still in the Euros and play Ukraine in the quarterfinals, barring an injury that breaks the deal, Sancho will finally be at Old Trafford.
What Sancho Brings To Old Trafford
Sancho lit up the Bundesliga from 2018-2020 with 29 goals and 30 assist in those two seasons. Sancho had a mediocre 20-21 campaign compared to his previous seasons.
Last season he had 8 goals and 11 assists in 26 matches, but regained his form towards the end of the season. Solid stats even though he was not at his best.
Manchester United were hit with injuries in the second half of the season at forward. Marcus Rashford, Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial all were banged up with Martial being hurt for substantial time.
Squad depth is extremely needed in the side. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer put himself in a corner in the Europa League Final by not having a solid forward to come off the bench.
Rashford, Cavani and Greenwood all started together in the final and with the injury of Martial, Solskjaer had no options when the game needed a solid spark to grab the win.
Jadon brings in a lot of range along all the forward positions. He can play LW, RW, CF, CAM and probably even ST, but you would have someone like Greenwood probably be the next striker if Cavani is not starting.
He would likely be utilized as a right winger or a right midfielder in the 4-2-3-1 system that Ole usually utilizes.
United will have the ability to switch it up with Sancho in the lineup. Ole can go with a 4-3-3 or even a 4-2-2-2 with Sancho and Bruno playing the CAM positions with freedom to roam.
Rashford usually plays on the left for United, so it will be interesting to see how Ole will utilize the Englishman, Sancho’s versatility does give Ole a lot of options.
Final Thoughts On The Deal
There is no guarantee that United would have won the league if they had Jadon last season, but it could have been closer. City were extremely good and had more depth than any other team in the league.
United lacked depth and would have benefited in some way from having Sancho last season, but he did get banged up at Dortmund last season, and the Premier League is substantially tougher than the Bundesliga.
Last season it would have cost United around €100m-€120m for the forward, but the deal is reportedly around €80m-€90m, somewhere around that range.
Second place with the condensed schedule, multiple key players being hurt and the easing along of some key young players, all of that and the signing of Sancho, United have created a solid foundation and should be title competitors next season.
The money that you theoretically save by not bringing in Jadon last season can be used to finance another deal at a key position as well as selling players further down the pecking order.
The money could go to a world class defender like Varane or young up and comers like Jules Kounde or Sven Botman to help bolster an inconsistent defense.
Other positions like defensive midfielder and goal keeper are also positions that could see a revamp from the transfer market.
The Sancho deal is finally done and could be one of United’s best transfer business in a long while.