Deciding not to spend £108 million on Jadon Sancho was frustrating but ultimately forgivable in this market.
It was Manchester United’s decision not to sign any wingers who could contribute to this team now which was a bigger blow.
Amad Diallo and Facundo Pellistri could make an impact in the future. United can do them both a favour in January by signing a player who can step in immediately.
One player who was linked in the summer as a Sancho alternative was Bayer Leverkusen’s Leon Bailey.
The Mail linked United with a £40 million in June, with the Jamaican reportedly keen on a Premier League move.
Bailey’s form last season saw him score six goals and provide three assists. He was pretty inconsistent and it was understandable why United did not jump at the opportunity to sign him.
This season he has begun the campaign in terrific form. He has almost out performed his 2019/20 figures already.
So far Bailey has scored three goals and provided more assists.
Three of these goals came in his last two games, while his four assists were provided across a dazzling three-match spell in October.
There could be an interesting reason behind Bailey’s impressive form which suits United. This season he has been switched to the right wing.
Bailey has played all of his games on the right, whereas last season he played almost exclusively on the left side.
His switch has come about due to Kai Havertz’s exit, and is worth noting partly because the Bundesliga website compared his early career performances on the right wing to Arjen Robben, and Manchester United’s lack of options at the position.
Bailey is still only 23-years-old and would fit in with United’s strategy. He is the same age as Marcus Rashford and one year younger than Anthony Martial.
Pace is one of Bailey’s top attributes, and United could bring him in and sell or loan Dan James, with the Leverkusen man a more polished player.
His ability to play on both flanks works in his favour along with his reasonable price tag of around £40 million.
If Bailey can keep up his impressive form between now and January, then he could put himself into the mix if United are looking to bring in a winger who can make an instant impact.
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