Jadon Sancho was the player Manchester United’s summer transfer business appeared to revolve around.

Only once it became clear a deal was not happening, did United click into gear in the market and pull together a handful of late deals. Dortmund’s £108 million asking price proved too high.

Since then, Sancho has struggled for form a little, failing to score in the Bundesliga during the first part of the season despite netting 17 last season in the division.

Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has admitted Sancho himself was expected to move on.

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Watzke told German magazine Kicker: “Subconsciously, Jadon had probably already prepared a little for a change. I think he had at least thought so much about it that he lost his ease.”

One of the reasons for Sancho’s poor form which has been put forward has been the disappointment of failing to land a move, and the distraction the drawn out saga provided.

Watzke is backing Sancho to bounce back in 2021. He added: “I think he needs two or three success stories in a row, then things will quickly improve again. He is still one of the greatest talents there is.”

Back on track

Sancho’s Bundesliga goal drought came to an end last night in injury time as Dortmund beat Wolfsburg 2-0.

After providing an assist earlier in the game, Sancho broke away in stoppage time to score an impressive counter attacking solo goal.

This gets his 2021 off to the strongest possible start and allows him to start afresh. He now has four Bundesliga assists for the season too.

Could United get him?

United missed out on Bruno Fernandes in summer 2019 before going back to pay up for him the following January.

It is possible United could attempt to do a deal with Dortmund this month and repeat the feat.

The problem however is Dortmund have not proved easy to deal with. They will not want to drop their asking price much either, realising they could be selling low after poor form. His goal on Sunday night offers hope he could quickly wash away a poor first half of the season and send his valuation soaring again.

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The impact of the pandemic is also being felt. It is very possible the entire season could be played behind closed doors at this point, which would once again discourage United from paying a record fee.

Sancho’s form this season has served as a red flag over his signing and United may feel there are better options at more reasonable prices.

This is more likely to be a potential move revisited in the summer. An ideal situation might be a pre-agreement struck this month, but we are not expecting anything to happen anytime soon.

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