If fans are fed up with United supposedly getting closer to a move for Jadon Sancho in 2020, then history seems to be repeating itself in 2021. The Sancho saga has indeed returned to our screens, via endless articles online, TV newsletters and virtually any digital avenue you can think of.
Ultimately, United are increasingly confident that they can (finally) sign Sancho from Borussia Dortmund, with the Bundesliga club lowering their price for the England international compared to 12 months ago.
So United fans can tentatively be excited to see Sancho in action for the Three Lions throughout this summer’s Euro 2020 Championship.
However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s other players might have a problem if and when Sancho finally arrives. United haven’t signed a ‘correct’ right winger since Nani and Antonio Valencia over a decade ago, so why do so many in the current squad have to worry about Sancho?
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Rashford and Sancho appear to be good friends, judging by the snaps posted of each other on social media and the camaraderie built in the current England squad.
But there is no doubt that the Wythenshawe-born United academy product is set to boost his performance levels if Sancho joins him at Old Trafford. Rashford finished the season in bad shape and it will be fascinating to see if Gareth Southgate favors him, or Sancho, or neither in his starting 11 for the Euro.
There is another argument that says Rashford could actually benefit from Sancho’s arrival as it will keep him to the left of United – where he tends to thrive.
Greenwood arguably has the most to lose from a possible transfer from Sancho – but it all depends on where the 19-year-old sees his future at United.
Greenwood emerged from the academy as a No.9, a natural goalscorer, and it has often been evident how natural he feels when asked to end the odds. But most of his football during his two full senior campaigns has been right; Sancho will surely make this position his own if he joins us.
It is therefore up to Greenwood to either accept the challenge on the right or move to the center to push Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial for the No.9 jersey.
Amad is not really expected to start games for United on a regular basis, although his impressive cameo performances when called up so far suggest the Ivorian is not far off.
He turns 19 next month and looks every inch like a United player, so what effect would signing a more established 21-year-old right-winger have on Amad?
The logical answer is to say that Amad should be Sancho’s understudy, playing here and there on the right wing and coming off the bench. Again, that would mean Greenwood is not considered in the post, nor Rashford or anyone else. Solskjaer has an interesting conundrum regarding Amad.
Like Rashford, James’ best performances at United have come from the left flank, but the Welshman could find himself the downfall guy if Solskjaer’s attacking options stack up next season.
Can the Norwegian give Cavani, Martial, Greenwood, Rashford, Sancho, Amad and James enough playing time in the same campaign? That’s seven players for three positions, not counting Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard and the glut of academy forwards who will all be keen to play for United.
James could support Rashford on the left, but his days on the right could be numbered if Sancho arrives.