Manchester United remain heavily linked to a Jadon Sancho move and are hoping the Dortmund winger will finally travel to Old Trafford this season.
Sancho only has a two-year contract left and The Athletic reports that he prefers to sign with United over any other club.
Dortmund appears ready to make money, The Telegraph even claimed they are “desperate” to do so – and while it’s still in its infancy, the situation on United’s side is no closer to being resolved.
A fee could cost anywhere from £ 75 million to £ 90 million, according to reports, which would be cheaper than the Dortmund price of £ 108 million.
But we already know all of this and the fans are understandably already a little frustrated with the lack of progress than United’s end so far. So the purpose here is to take a look at Sancho’s numbers from his entire career and the Bundesliga season that has just ended, and examine why United could spend almost a record fee on the club for his services …
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Outstanding numbers for a young player
United fans have seen with Cristiano Ronaldo that young attacking players can take a while to peak. Sancho puts the numbers up better than Ronaldo at a young age.
Sancho has 50 career goals for Dortmund and sets records. He became the youngest Bundesliga player ever to score 15 goals and he has continued that good development.
At the beginning of this season, Sancho also surpassed the 50 assists mark and managed to do so in 99 Bundesliga games. This made him the youngest and fastest player ever to reach the milestone.
Sancho is only 21 years old and this training at Dortmund prepared him perfectly for the upcoming challenge at Manchester United.
A breathtaking season
Sancho’s season started slowly amid the aftermath of missing United last summer, and yet he ended it on excellent numbers after kicking off in 2021. All eight of Sancho’s Bundesliga goals were scored in 2021.
Sancho scored 16 goals in all competitions and provided 19 assists, a total of 35 goal contributions.
Three of them came in the DFB Cup final, in which he scored two goals and provided a template in the 4-1 win against RB Leipzig. With this victory he can leave Dortmund with a smile, knowing full well that he has contributed to both the success of the team and his individual development.
In the Champions League, Sancho scored two goals in six games and provided three assists before an injury ruled him out of Dortmund’s last three knockout games, including both defeats against City.
Versatility and creativity
Sancho’s impressive performance in the DFB Cup final brought him to the left wing. This underscored his versatility in playing both wings, which is so attractive to Manchester United.
It’s not just a Sancho or Mason Greenwood debate on the right when the Dortmund winger signs. The debate will vary from game to game whether he’s replacing Greenwood on the right or Marcus Rashford on the left. This will be good for the competition and will help Rashford get some peace of mind.
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Sancho’s ability to create opportunities is what United needs. While the team scored the second highest number of goals in the Premier League last season (73), that was inflated by 15 in two games against Southampton and Leeds.
There have been too many close games where United failed to score and failed to score in both games against Chelsea, Arsenal, at home against City and away at Liverpool. A player like Sancho can play a key role in helping United break this type of defense.
Data from FBRef.com shows that Sancho scored more successful passes into the penalty area (82) than any other Bundesliga player last season and dribbled the ball into the last third most often (81).
FBRef.com’s scouting report shows that Sancho is one of the elite players in his position group in the top five leagues in Europe.
- Sancho is among the top one percent of players for completed passes
- The top two percent of the players for the distance traveled
- The top two percent of players for assists
- Top three percent of players for attempted dribbling
- The top three percent for progressive passes
- Top four percent for shot creation campaigns
These are all offensive traits that can help United injure teams in the final third and underscore that Sancho is equally fond of possession or passing on another player in a strong position.
Mixing Sancho with a deadly striker like Edinson Cavani and players like Bruno Fernandes, Mason Greenwood, Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford and United’s attack will finally have a very complete feeling.
There is another factor in the game …
Sancho’s landing has the potential to benefit United in the future when it comes to Erling Haaland and Jude Bellingham, who both enjoyed their time in Dortmund playing by his side.
There are no guarantees that he would join United either, but Sancho’s presence at Old Trafford can’t hurt. Getting Sancho inside is the first step.
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