How Jadon Sancho transfer will affect 7 of Man Utd's best attacking players

Jadon Sancho’s long awaited move to Manchester United appears to be edging ever closer.

The Borussia Dortmund star was on the club’s radar last summer but they were unable to meet the winger’s valuation.

12 months on though and United look to have struck a deal that could be worth up to £80m. An initial fee of £75m will be paid with a further £5m in add-ons.

The 21-year-old is currently struggling for minutes with England at Euro 2020 which continues to baffle many.

Sancho has flourished since leaving Manchester City for the Bundesliga in 2017 and last year enjoyed his most productive season to date.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wanted to add a winger this summer and looks to have hit the jackpot.

Attention could soon turn to how the Englishman will be accommodated at Old Trafford with United hardly short of quality in the final third.

We take a look at how Sancho’s impending arrival may have a knock-on affect, for better or worse, on some players.

Jadon Sancho has been a long-term target
Jadon Sancho has been a long-term target

Marcus Rashford

One of the few men who won’t be concerned by Sancho’s arrival, if anything it might help him out in the long run.

Rashford’s value to United continues to soar whilst Solskjaer is in charge, so much so that he’s had to battle through the pain barrier in recent months.

The academy graduate is being asked to take on a huge workload and has already confessed an operation might be needed.

Sancho would allow Rashford more time to rest as Solskjaer rotates things and perhaps encouraged him to be more clinical knowing that a credible alternative is amongst the group.

Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford are both crucial parts of Man Utd's future
Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford are both crucial parts of Man Utd’s future

Mason Greenwood

The teenager endured a slow start to last season and was hit with the second-season syndrome tag.

He recovered well though and injury may well have robbed him of a Euro 2020 opportunity.

His best work at United has been executed from wide positions, but there is talk of him eventually transitioning into a centre-forward at some point.

That process could now be accelerated with Sancho coming in and wanting to operate from out wide.

Anthony Martial

The Frenchman has been with us for six years now and the feeling is that we’re still waiting to see the best of him.

Solskjaer is not one to publicly criticise his players but internally he must be pulling his hair out at times.

Like most of United’s forwards Martial too likes to come in from wider positions. Now though he may be forced to come inside and we’ll either see him sink or swim.

His inconsistencies will not be overlooked forever and you get the sense, were United to cash in on one of their top attackers following Sancho’s arrival, it may well be this man.

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Bruno Fernandes

Sancho signing for United can only be good news for their chief playmaker. Often he’s accepted the burden of hauling the Red Devils over the line when things aren’t going their way.

With another star in the team Fernandes could well find himself being able to breathe a little bit easier.

Sancho will also look to run in behind giving the 26-year-old the opportunity to go over teams rather than through them.

Fernandes’ 18 months at Old Trafford have made him undroppable so the arrival of another attacking weapon will not phase him whatsoever.

Edinson Cavani signed a new Man Utd deal in May
Edinson Cavani signed a new Man Utd deal in May

Edinson Cavani

For months Cavani looked set to leave, then he penned a new deal, but already the situation seems like it could go south once more.

United’s interest in Sancho is nothing new and internally they will have known another move was on the cards.

Cavani will surely have sought assurances over his status in the team were the Borussia Dortmund star to make the move.

Last season he often made an impact off the bench, but if Greenwood comes inside to a central role surely that hampers his game time?

Watch this space.

Dan James

The Welshman was linked with the Old Trafford exit door last season and seems the man most likely to be moved on.

United could receive a profit on the £18m it cost to sign him from Swansea two years ago were they to sell him.

James enjoyed a brief renaissance last season when he scored three times in February.

That said, after making an impact early on in his United career, James has struggled for consistency and Sancho occupies a similar position meaning his game time may be reduced even more.

Amad arrived from Atalanta in January
Amad arrived from Atalanta in January

Amad Diallo

The Ivorian eventually made his move to Manchester in January having signed from Atalanta last summer for a fee that could rise to almost £40m.

Solskjaer has been keen to ease the teenager in slowly despite calls from him to be thrown in to the first team picture.

Amad’s quality was quickly been evident and the improvisation to score against AC Milan in the Europa League caught everyone’s eye.

The 18-year-old was set for a season of gradual involvement, those plans could be dented by the arrival of Sancho though.

United are not going to spend £80m on a squad player meaning Amad could be one of several young players whose development could be stagnated as the Red Devils look to close the gap on rivals Manchester City.


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