Why Jadon Sancho's decision to quit Dortmund for United is now a lot easier
Jadon Sancho has a decision to make about his future. It is complicated of course by the enforced break in the Bundesliga and the Premier League.
But his choice is made a lot easier by Borussia Dortmund’s Champions League exit last week.
With the season paused, Dortmund’s exit is one more obstacle removed from Sancho’s path to Old Trafford.
With it still possible the competition could be resumed and played in May, June, or even later dependent on UEFA’s decision, Sancho would be more tempted to stick around and complete his adventure in the competition.
Lack of medals
For all Sancho’s efforts at Dortmund, he has not won a league title, domestic cup or UEFA competition.
He appeared gutted at his side’s exit at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain last week.
Sancho still has a hope this season of winning the Bundesliga, although his side are four points behind Bayern Munich.
It’s unclear if the Bundesliga season will be continued, and while this could still tempt him to stay if it does carry on, the case is not as compelling with their Champions League adventure now finished.
United are in a good place
While Sancho signs off for the enforced break off the back of defeat, Manchester United are in a good place.
United are unbeaten through the last 10 games and the feel good factor at Old Trafford is unthinkable compared to how it was after the Burnley defeat back in mid-January.
Inspired by the additions of Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo’s surprise impact, United have the look of a club going places again.
While qualification for the Champions League next season remains as uncertain as ever, Sancho may decide he needs a new challenge and United can provide it.
The Telegraph report United are frontrunners to sign Sancho and are keen to land him in the next transfer window.
He has a lot to consider, and as he contemplates his future, the taste of defeat at Dortmund is unlikely to leave him feeling positive about his current situation.
At the very least, Sancho’s decision is made easier by the fact he does not have Champions League football to prepare for when and if he returns to action for Dortmund.
That may even speed up his decision to negotiate with United and try to settle his future.
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