Jadon Sancho is perfect for Manchester United but let’s be smart about this

The Independent: Manchester United have made England winger Jadon Sancho their number one target for their summer rebuild.

Sancho has shone for Borussia Dortmund this season and would cost £100million before add-ons if he were sold. Real Madrid and Paris Saint Germain are also interested, but a move to United is the likeliest outcome for the 19-year-old this summer.

This is the rumor that’s hot in the streets this morning and let me make one thing clear. I LOVE Jadon Sancho. I would love nothing more than to see him at Old Trafford. Hell, if he signs with United I’d be the first one buying a “Sancho 7” shirt, and I’m already planning on buying my long overdue Marcus Rashford shirt next year. That’s right, I’ll buy home and away shirts next year if United land Sancho.

Sancho would be the perfect fit for United. The team has lacked a right winger for years. Jesse Lingard has been pretty good at it, but he’s found most of his recent success playing centrally as a false nine, or in a ‘free-eight’ role with England.

Sancho would give United a first choice front three of himself, Anthony Martial, and Marcus Rashford. That is not only scary, but would be one of the best front threes in Europe.

But let’s also be smart about this. Sancho is going to cost £100 million as reported and why not? He has four years left on his contract at Borussia Dortmund and, having just sold Christian Pulisic to Chelsea, they have no interest in selling another teen star. At least not yet.

Jadon Sancho to Manchester United is a rare case of a move that makes a ton of sense for a team but also shouldn’t be done. At the moment, United have a ton of needs that are more pressing than adding another attacker.

This summer United need to sign around four players. They desperately need a new centerback. They need another fullback who can provide cover for Luke Shaw and maybe even Diogo Dalot on the right (Ashley Young should be a capable deputy).

They also need a defensive midfielder. Nemanja Matic is old and imobile and while Scott McTominay looked good there (actually better than Matic), getting a more athletic player there would add a lot of dynamism to the side.

Then there’s the report that Ander Herrera has agreed to join PSG this summer. Herrera has been pivotal in United’s resurgence under Ole Solskjaer, doing the dirty work in midfield that has allowed Paul Pogba to excel. Leaving the club creates another huge vacancy, especially since neither Andreas Pereira nor Fred can play there full time.

Theoretically, United could replace Herrera with Sancho. Sancho would take up a spot on the right wing with Jesse Lingard slotting in to play Herrera’s number eight role. It’s a role not unlike the one Lingard played so successfully for England at last summer’s World Cup.

The downside there is, Lingard playing in the middle would force Pogba to play a slightly more reserved role in midfield, though you would hope that the front three of Martial, Rashford, and Sancho would balance that out.

Then there’s the whole money thing. United might be made of money but FFP rules dictate how much of it they could spend. While I come from the camp that United shouldn’t be breaking the bank, and rather going for younger Diogo Dalot type players at centerback, fullback, and midfield, spending £100 million on one player would severely limit what they could do. They also desperately need to get Alexis Sanchez’s wages off their books.

If United could figure out a way to bring in 3-4 players plus Sancho, then by all means go for it. Keep tabs on him all summer, but don’t make him the priority. Fill out the other needs, then grab Sancho if you can.

Remember, Dortmund don’t want to sell him and with four years left on his contract, they really don’t have to. He’d be great to have next year, but he’ll be available the following summer too. It’s ok to wait. Address the more important areas of the squad first!

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