Stats not Sancho’s ‘greatest skillset’, as ex-coach warns of deadly Man Utd impact

Manchester United will get more from Jadon Sancho’s signing than just his own attributes, with his former coach detailing how he will also improve those around him.

United finally announced a deal in principle for the Borussia Dortmund star earlier this month. The news ended a transfer search spanning over a year, but the Red Devils feel confident he will be worth it. Despite costing £73million, Sancho has earned a reputation in the Bundesliga as an explosive attacker offering goals and assists.

What’s more, at 21, he could offer 10 or more years of service, potentially getting better all the time.

Ex-United defender Rio Ferdinand has warned of the impact Sancho will have in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

According to his former coach Louis Lancaster, though, the winger also will also improve those around him. As such, he could lead United closer to silverware by offering more than just his own game.

Lancaster, who worked with Sancho when he was a youngster at Watford, told the Stretford Paddock: “Firstly, he’s going to bring goals and assists. He’s not a one-season wonder anymore, he’s proved that now, he’s been consistent.

“His numbers are off the chart, I think he’s getting one goal or assist per game.

“He’s making the most successful dribbles in Europe, the most entries into the box, so that’s where he is going to excel.

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“But I think Jadon’s greatest quality is that he can add to other people’s games. So although you’ve spent money and signed one player, I think you’re going to get a better Bruno [Fernandes], a better Pogba, [Edinson] Cavani.

“I think that’s his greatest skillset, adding value to other people’s games.”

Pogba enjoyed arguably his best form in a United shirt last season. Fernandes, meanwhile, set the record for the most goals in all competitions in a season by a Premier League midfielder.

Cavani struggled for fitness at first, but the striker found form towards the end of the campaign.

Sancho will join having netted 20 goals and supplied 20 others in 2019/20. Despite struggling in the first half of last term, he ended up with 16 goals and 20 assists.

Man Utd close to loan transfer

Brandon Williams Man Utd v Everton February 2021

Elsewhere, United full-back Brandon Williams is reportedly closing in on a loan move to Southampton.

The left-back has struggled for minutes following Luke Shaw’s resurgence and Alex Telles’ arrival.

As such, he could finally get a long-awaited move away for Premier League minutes.

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