But Sancho ended up choosing a move to the Westfalenstadion instead, having been swayed by the guarantee of first team football.
United eyed a deal in 2019 but, ultimately, their failure to finish in the Premier League top four and secure a place in the Champions League ultimately counted against them.
Then came last summer’s drama.
Solskjaer lobbied the Red Devils hierarchy into meeting Dortmund’s huge £108million asking price, believing the forward was perfect for his project.
Ed Woodward was happy to oblige, too.