On 12th Feb 2020, the internet was strife with speculation that Jadon Sancho had decided that he wanted to move to Manchester United this summer, and that United were preparing an offer for the 19 year old. Sky Germany even reported the youngster ‘would leave Borussia Dortmund this summer’ with United leading the chase for his signature. Currently, the Red Devils lack a starting right winger, someone to nail down that flank, create from that side and form a partnership with our right back, Aaron Wan-Bissaka. First of all, let us look at the player in some more detail. The Englishman is a right footed attacking midfielder, capable of playing on either flank or through the middle.
|Right Attacking Midfielder||10||3||6|
|Central Attacking Midfielder||3||3||2|
|Left Attacking Midfielder||3||1||1|
His greatest strengths are his key passing, averaging 2.57 per 90 minutes of league action (which means he is a very good creator and has mastered the art of the through ball in particular), his excellent dribbling skills (4.09 dribbles completed per 90) which he constantly uses alongside his pace to get inside or outside of the opposing fullback to fashion a chance for himself or a teammate. One thing that stands out about his play, is his incredible decision making for a player of his experience; he always seems to be able to delay his pass perfectly to the right moment depending on how the defence is moving in that situation. His ability to read the movements of both his fellow attackers and the opposing defenders is truly elite. The game intelligence he possesses suggests a very mature player despite his young age. Since joining Dortmund, he has proven his ability to time his runs to perfection to allow him space and time when receiving the ball for a shot, his turn of acceleration also massively helping him in this regard. As the above table shows, this season he has played the majority of his games as the right attacking midfielder of a 4-2-3-1, which coincidentally Man United have used in 22 of their 25 league games so far. In the 10 games at this position, he has recorded 9 direct goal contribution, a brilliant return. His versatility is also displayed though, with his excellent stats as a left forward, 9 goal involvements in 6 games, emphasising his ability to play multiple positions to a very high standard. In United’s 4-2-3-1, he would fit in at either of the wide attacking roles, and with Marcus Rashford seemingly shining on the left side, Sancho would have the right flank all to himself to make his own. His directness from his dribbling abilities and his elite level game IQ would no doubt benefit Manchester United’s attack, and that includes aiding Aaron Wan-Bissaka as he would have someone to overlap/underlap when he makes runs forward which would help mask his current attacking vulnerabilities. He would probably be best suited to a free roam role off of the right wing, where Bruno can then fill the half space he vacates, which Bruno already does fantastically. So to summarise, Sancho is already an elite level winger, with game IQ and vision beyond his years with dribbling and finishing ability to boot, so would make an excellent signing for Manchester United and there would not be many better players available for the role than him.