Jadon Sancho set up Borussia Dortmund’s first two goals in their 3-1 win over Mainz at the weekend.

On 23 minutes, he teed up Portuguese international Raphael Guerreiro to open the scoring.

Three minutes before half time, he repeated the trick, laying on Marco Reus’ strike, which all but killed the game.

In doing so, Sancho made it the third season in a row he’s registered ten or more assists.

The last Englishman to match that? A certain David Beckham, whose run came to an end in 2001.

It is no mean feat matching a record which has stood for 20 years and it underlines why Sancho remains of interest to United.

Last week, it was reported that United believe to be in pole position to sign Sancho this summer.

 

That’s because they laid much of a groundwork a year ago. The deal didn’t get over the line then but a lot of the terms were apparently agreed.

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Sancho also scored twice in the DFB-Pokal final win over RB Leipzig last week.

Could clinching the biggest trophy he’s won in his club career so far be the perfect way for Sancho to depart come the summer?

It seems Dortmund are prepared for one superstar to leave per summer, allowing them the chance to reinvest the money in the next young talent.

Sancho could be that man in 2021, before Erling Haaland’s release clause becomes active in 2022.

That would represent another opportunity to walk in Beckham’s footsteps, even if his famous number seven is now being worn by Edinson Cavani having remained vacant for much of last summer while United chased Sancho.

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