Man Utd not meeting Sancho asking price is 'bizarre' says Cross
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Manchester United no longer deem Jadon Sancho to be a priority signing because of Mason Greenwood, according to reports. The Borussia Dortmund star has long been linked with a move to Old Trafford. But things, it seems, appear to have changed behind the scenes.
Manchester United’s interest in Sancho dates back to his time at Manchester City.
And though they missed out on signing him back in the summer transfer window of 2017, they’ve remained keen in the years since.
United pressed hard to sign Sancho last year but, in the end, Dortmund’s decision to demand £108million to let the winger go was deemed too steep.
With the reopening of the transfer window creeping closer, the 21-year-old has again been the source of much speculation.
But the Manchester Evening News say United no longer have Sancho as a priority target – because of Greenwood.
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The England international was sent home from international duty in disgrace back in September and, in the first half of the season, struggled for goals.
But Greenwood has been in resurgent form since then, scoring five goals from his last five outings.
He was in sharp form over the weekend, netting the club’s second goal in their stirring 3-1 victory over Aston Villa at Villa Park.
It’s claimed United see Greenwood as their main winger on the right-hand side of their attack, an area they’ve struggled in since Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure in 2009.
They also feel the 19-year-old offers them better balance in attack, too, than the Dortmund star would provide.
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And it seems as though United will only pursue Sancho if the right opportunity arises, rather than allocating the bulk of their time towards a deal.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was full of praise for the teenager when speaking after the win over Villa, saying: “Yeah, Mason’s turn and finish was absolutely top.
“The boy is learning. He’s learned the hard way and he’s got to play, he’s learning on the job.
“It is the intensity of this league, it’s high, and he had a hard game on Thursday and plays today and produces that goal.
“Well done. More to come, definitely. One hundred per cent.
“The boy is learning, hungry to learn and his desire and attitude is improving all the time.”
Greenwood also spoke out after the game, expressing his delight at scoring and seeing his side pick up all three points.
“It is some achievement,” he said.
“We don’t really want to go behind but it gives us a little boost to come back and get the win.
“It was well improved [in the second half]. Ole said his bits in the changing room. It seemed to pay off.
“To be on the main stage and scoring important goals like today, it means a lot.
“We just concentrate on ourselves, we take it game by game. We want to get as many points as we can and keep the pressure on.”
If United don’t sign Sancho, their rivals could swoop in.
Liverpool are long-time admirers of the Dortmund star and may make a move should Mohamed Salah leave Anfield behind, with Chelsea and PSG linked.
And Chelsea are potential suitors, too, with Thomas Tuchel looking to bolster his attack regardless of what happens in the upcoming Champions League final.
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