Man Utd: Jadon Sancho in profile
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Manchester United’s £77million move for Jadon Sancho is one of the deals of the summer. But the arrival of the playmaker will have knock-on effects for a number of other players.
Anthony Martial’s future at Old Trafford is increasingly uncertain, with Sancho’s arrival adding another first-team player into the positions that the Frenchman prefers.
Martial could be used as a centre-forward, but Edinson Cavani and Marcus Rashford are ahead of him in that role.
And even on the left, Sancho is likely to be a preferable pick on that flank too, given that the Englishman has proven effective on both wings at Borussia Dortmund.
And Erling Haaland could be another big loser from the deal, with Manchester United unlikely to bid for the striker too this summer in addition to Sancho.
United had been linked with a move for the Norwegian hot-shot, but his price-tag of well over £100m is now out of reach of the club given they have shelled out on his Dortmund teammate.
Haaland wants to leave Dortmund this summer and is keen to play for a team who can win the Champions League.
“I have been thinking about the Champions League my whole life, wanting to play there,” Haaland revealed recently.
“That’s my big dream: to win the Champions League one day. Hopefully I can lift that trophy and that really would be, well, amazing.”
And if Haaland had moved to a United side containing the creative talents of Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba, as well as Sancho, then he’d have been part of one of the most dangerous attacks in Europe.
But that transfer is unlikely to happen now, with United turning their attention to defensive priorities instead.
Portuguese midfielder Fernandes could be one of the big winners of Sancho’s arrival.
The 26-year-old bagged 18 goals and 12 assists for Man Utd last season, but has been backed to get even better with Sancho alongside him in the line-up.
“Sancho’s numbers are off the charts — I think he’s getting one goal or assist per game. He’s making the most successful dribbles in Europe, the most entries into the box, so that’s where he is going to excel,” the player’s former coach Louis Lancaster said.
“But I think Jadon’s greatest quality is that he can add to other people’s games. So though you have spent money and signed one player, I think you’re going to get a better Bruno [Fernandes], a better Pogba, [Edinson] Cavani.
“I think that’s his greatest skill-set, adding value to other people’s games.”
Sancho will start his Man Utd career with a fixture against rivals Leeds United on the opening weekend of the Premier League season on 14 August.
The Red Devils have a relatively comfortable schedule at the start of the campaign, not facing a single member of the traditional big six until Liverpool visit Old Trafford in late October.
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