The idea of Jadon Sancho making a swift exit from Manchester United has surfaced and quickly been ruled out, according to reports.
Sancho was a top target for Man Utd for more than a year. They wanted to sign him in 2020 but failed to meet the asking price and deadline Borussia Dortmund set. Eventually, the two clubs found a compromise. The winger finally became a Man Utd player in July 2021.
Sadly, it hasn’t been worth the wait yet. Sancho is yet to record a goal or assist since joining his new club. He has also lost his place in the England setup.
There are a number of factors behind his slow start to life back in the Premier League. Many feel the return of Cristiano Ronaldo in the United attack has hampered him. Furthermore, he has often had to play on the opposite wing he is used to.
Whatever the reason, he is not justifying the time and money spent on his signing yet. United know it and are trying to find a solution. There has even been the suggestion of yet another position change.
Coaches have reportedly been working with Sancho on becoming a right wing-back to fit in the 3-4-1-2 system Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has sometimes reverted to. It would seem a waste of his goalscoring talents, but may be the only option in that formation.
Still, Sancho may be regretting his summer decision. He was much more productive across his four seasons with Borussia Dortmund.
Some of the Bundesliga club’s officials have admitted their sympathy for Sancho. CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke said in September: “I love Jadon. When you see him playing you get tears in your eyes.
“It hurts my soul that he is given so little consideration.”
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Coincidentally, as Dortmund plan for the January transfer window themselves, there is still a feeling that they need another winger in their squad. With that in mind, some have been calling for Sancho to return.
But according to Bild (via Sport Witness), neither Sancho nor Man Utd are considering a transfer, or even loan, in January.
The 21-year-old signed a contract 2026, with the option for a further year, when joining in the summer. He remains a long-term project for the club to work with.
It would likely be somewhat embarrassing for United and Sancho to separate after just six months, when they were linked for so long beforehand.
Therefore, it seems both still have plans to make their connection a success. That said, it must be in the back of Sancho’s mind of what may have happened had he remained in Germany.
Man Utd to use striker as bait
Another forward who is not enjoying the prominent role he would have hoped for this season is Edinson Cavani.
Cavani made a bright impression during his first season at Old Trafford. It was good news for the club when they convinced him to commit for the current campaign.
However, he has been another casualty of the decision to bring back Ronaldo. The Uruguay striker insists he can play alongside the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, and they have done on a couple of occasions to good effect.
But even so, his gametime has been down and there have been talks of a premature exit after all.
One option that recently emerged would take him to Spain. And it has been suggested that the move could help United land a target of their own at the opposite end of the pitch.