Jadon Sancho’s move to Manchester United wil hopefully get the go-ahead soon. United are negotiating with Borussia Dortmund over the fee, The Athletic report.
The England winger can bring a lot to Manchester United next season and it is not just about what he can do himself.
Sancho can make Manchester United’s stars better players, and that is part of the potential beauty of the big money transfer.
Here is a look at how Sancho helps all four of Manchester United’s top attacking players…
Marcus Rashford played 57 times for Manchester United last season. It was too much, and at times he looked clearly unfit. This led to him finishing the season with just one goal in his final 10 games.
Jadon Sancho can play on the left wing and he is an option Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can turn to instead of Rashford without feeling like he is weakening the starting line-up.
Rashford and Sancho are also good pals off the pitch. This can help Rashford relax a little, and Sancho’s arrival will take some of the pressure off him.
When they do get to play together, their attacking instincts will allow them to combine and switch positions effectively.
Rashford and Sancho have played together for England for 90 minutes just once. England won that game 7-0 against Montenegro with Rashford netting while Sancho provided an assist.
Just because Sancho’s principle position may be on the right wing, does not mean his arrival is bad news for Mason Greenwood.
Competition can bring out the best in players and Greenwood could raise his game due to Sancho’s arrival.
It also allows United to use Greenwood more sparingly. The young forward has made 100 appearances for the club already and is only 19.
Sancho allows United to rotate Greenwood, and generally it will be a case of selecting two of three from Sancho, Greenwood, and Rashford each week.
When he does play, Greenwood will be fresher, and this helps protect him long-term too.
Perhaps even more exciting is the prospect of this move allowing Greenwood to switch into a striker position more regularly.
This appears to be Greenwood’s long-term position and a front three of Sancho, Greenwood and Rashford could be United’s trio for many years to come.
Edinson Cavani may only have one year left at United unless he renews his contract again but he can flourish with Sancho alongside him.
Cavani is prolific, scoring 17 goals last season, a campaign mixed with injury, suspension and a slow start.
Now support him with one of Europe’s top creative players and watch him kick on.
Sancho provided more passes into the penalty area than any player in the Bundesliga last season and has more than 50 assists for Dortmund.
Erling Haaland’s form dipped when Sancho was out injured and his loss will be Cavani’s gain at Manchester United.
Incredibly, Manchester United’s top scorer and top assisting player can get even better.
There have been games where Fernandes has been shut out by ultra defensive opponents, and unfortunately the Europa League final was one of them.
Add an elite creator like Sancho to the team and opponents cannot invest all their time in stopping Fernandes, as Sancho will make them pay.
Fernandes can thrive from the extra space Sancho creates. Sancho averaged a joint second-highest in the league three successful dribbles per game at Dortmund last season.
These type of actions break teams’ defensive structure and open up spaces. Fernandes has the talent to make the most of it.
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