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Manchester United signing Jadon Sancho would be ‘Donny van de Beek two’, warns Dimitar Berbatov


Sancho was strongly linked to United last summer (Picture: Getty Images)

Dimitar Berbatov doesn’t believe Manchester United should reignite their interest in signing Jadon Sancho this summer, as he could struggle to nail down a regular starting place, like Donny van de Beek.

Sancho was heavily linked to a move to Old Trafford, but Borussia Dortmund stood firm on their £108million valuation of their star winger.

Reports from Germany earlier this week suggested the Bundesliga club are willing to sell the 20-year-old, in order for them to afford to keep hold of Erling Haaland.

The Dutchman has found game time hard to come by this season (Picture: Getty Images)

United ended up having a relatively quiet summer transfer window, with the £40m splashed out on Van de Beek the majority of their outlay.

However, the midfielder has struggled for regular playing time under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, making just two Premier League starts.

United finally completed their £37m deal to sign highly-rated 18-year-old winger Amad Diallo earlier this month, and with the wealth of attacking options in the squad, Berbatov doesn’t see why the Red Devils still need Sancho.

‘I have read more rumours about Jadon Sancho at Dortmund and how United could sign him,’ the former United striker told Betfair. ‘So, you sign Sancho and where do you play him?

‘They will have lots of games in the Europa League and FA Cup, but then what happens to people like Donny Van de Beek. It would be Van de Beek two if they sign him. Yes, he is a great player but then do you just have too much talent.

‘Cavani has been a great signing and do you drop him? You will not turn down Sancho and he is a good player and it is whether you want that luxury headache where you tell people you are rested today etc – it is not a good conversation, I am telling you from experience.

‘I still don’t think it will happen. The way things are going at the moment credit has to go to Ole and the players now.

‘He has found the right balance about which players are playing. He has found that delicate balance with players not complaining and that is a difficult thing. The manager has taken the right decisions so far.

‘If Sancho signed for another team or a rival it wouldn’t be a blow. Sir Alex Ferguson got rid of players because no-one is bigger than the club, they were replaced.

‘That’s still the case, no one is bigger than Manchester United, so, I’m not expecting anything to happen.’


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