David Brooks would be a smart Sancho alternative for Manchester United this summer

Manchester United continue to be linked with right-sided players. The Red Devils need more width and Jadon Sancho, unsurprising given his talent, is their number one target.

The problem for United – and every other club – is that money is tight following the lock-down. The prospect of spending a huge sum on one player is slim. As a result, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is said to be looking at cheaper alternatives.

According to the Manchester Evening News, David Brooks is on that list. It is not the first time United have been linked with the Bournemouth man. He is an exciting young player who excelled last season.

This campaign has been blighted by an ankle ligament injury. But he will be hoping to kick on when next season ultimately rolls around.

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Not all the players United have been linked with make sense but Brooks certainly does. In fact, he is everything we have come to expect from a Solskjaer signing.

He is young, talented and hungry to succeed. He would also cost far less than Sancho.

That is not to say he would be cheap. However, with his contract expiring in 2022, and Bournemouth likely to need a cash injection, his price-tag may slip from the highs of 2019.

Star in the making

United could opt for Brooks over prolonged wranglings for Sancho, while not ruling out a future move for the latter.

After all, while Sancho is an out-and-out wide man, Brooks has plenty of strings to his bow.

He can play wide, central, as an attacking midfielder or a secondary striker. In short, he could be a wonderful purchase for a United side who cannot rely solely on Bruno Fernandes for creative spark.

The prospect of Brooks arriving this summer and Sancho further down the line is an intriguing one. Only time will tell how this plays out but United’s latest target ticks all the right boxes.

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Vincent is the Senior Managing Editor of Freshered. He was previously Head of Sixth Form at a secondary school in Kent, where he worked with hundreds of 16 to 19-year-olds over eight years.