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Does Man Utd target add more versatility or hamper Solskjaer’s frontline

Jadon Sancho

The buzz is itching up, seems it is only a matter of time till Manchester United concludes the transfer of Borussia Dortmund and England International; Jadon Sancho.

The English man is Manchester United’s number one transfer target for this summer. Champions League qualification on the last day of the Premier League season must have gone a long way in easing the negotiation process as it seems. The rumour mill says; an initial fee of 60 Million Euros may have been agreed, depending on who you read or follow for transfer news and updates.

Let’s leave the fee aside, for now, let the accountants worry about that. Our focus should now shift to where he fits in Man United’s line up for next season. The thing with Sancho is he solves multiple problems and can slope into a variety of positions, playing different roles.

Sancho’s adaptability

Jadon Sancho offers Manchester United additional creative nous higher up the pitch, so instead of fielding three outright forwards in a 4-3-3; you can add some invention and creativity to that front three. I expect the team to rotate a little more next season especially as things fared at the restart.

The English man can slot in as the man behind the lone striker in a 4-2-3-1 formation, thereby affording Bruno Fernandes a rest in certain instances. Jadon Sancho’s versatility will be a huge plus for United; his ability to play across the three positions behind the lone striker in a 4-2-3-1; offers the Red Devils multiple options.

Sancho’s best performances and numbers have been when he has played on the left of a front three in a 4-3-3 (5 goals and 5 assists). Next best has been on the right side in a 4-2-3-1 or centrally in the same formation (9 goals involvement). Manchester United would be spoilt for choice as to the options, the 20-year-old provides.

I can see positives in this transfer, though critics would point to his tackling ability, which I think he makes up for with his work rate, tactical discipline, and positional play.

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