The Jadon Sancho to Manchester United was the longest-running transfer saga of the last summer.
The starlet, who departed Manchester for Dortmund in 2017, was believed to be keen on a return to England. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, meanwhile, was reported to be interested in acquiring Sancho since 2019. The iconic number 7 shirt at Old Trafford was without any name and the 20-year-old was seen as its perfect heir.
However, both clubs failed to agree on a deal, and instead of one of Europe’s most productive wingers, Solskjaer was supported with the signing of two talented but inexperienced youngsters in Amad Diallo and Facundo Pellistri, with the former yet to join his squad. The number 7 shirt was handed to Edinson Cavani, who joined the Red Devils on a free transfer.
Incidentally, Sancho has struggled to regain the form of the 2019-20 campaign, where he was the only player alongside Lionel Messi to reach double figures in goals and assists in Europe’s top five leagues.
The Bundesliga outfit have had a mixed start to their season as well, and have already sacked their manager Lucien Favre. The new interim manager Edin Terzic started his spell with a 2-1 defeat against Union Berlin on Friday night.
Sancho was named in the starting XI but failed to make any impact, and has now gone 11 league games this season without scoring.
I bet BVB are gutted that they didn’t accept our €110m bid in the summer for Jadon Sancho. Instead, they’re now left with a player who clearly doesn’t want to be at the club, who’s performances are deteriorating every week whilst his value is dropping down like a stone. Shame.
— Ryan. 🔴 (@Vintage_Utd) December 18, 2020
Jadon Sancho’s head has been in Manchester ever since he spoke to Ole & people wonder why he looks like he couldn’t care less about Dortmund.
Do NOT judge him based off of his performances for BVB this season.
— ً (@utdrobbo) December 18, 2020
The Englishman’s talent is not in question and it’s a possibility that the dip in form may have been influenced by his failed move to Old Trafford.
Dortmund’s form – which led to Favre’s sacking – might’ve also played a role, but Erling Haaland seems untouched by the current situation at the Signal Iduna Park, and continues to bag goals for fun.
Regardless, it’s still early in the season, and the decision makers at Borussia Dortmund will hope Sancho can rediscover his form, or else they might regret missing out on the opportunity to sell the former City player last summer itself.