Jadon Sancho’s acquisition seems imminent. This transfer has been on the cards since last summer itself and is a much-needed one for Ole Gunnar Solskjær and company. As such, there is a lot of changes that the youngster’s arrival at Old Trafford could set in motion.
1. No Striker
Signing a forward in the form of Sancho will remove the pressing need for a striker being signed this summer, as was speculated earlier. Instead, Solskjær will be glad to fill this gaping absence in his forward trident and rely on his existing strikers for the near future. All said though, Edinson Cavani’s temporary extension coupled with Anthony Martial’s absence of consistency will mean that this is a problem postponed.
2. Greenwood’s Future Set
Sancho’s arrival would logically oust Mason Greenwood from his regular right-forward spot. This ought to give him the opportunity to carve out a space for himself in the middle, particularly as a striker which is his specialization after all. This could be the solution to the striker issue at Old Trafford, with Greenwood taking up the mantle. In this sense, Rashford at left, Greenwood at center, and Sancho making the right would lead to an all-English trident that could lead the national side for years to come.
3. Pogba Back in the Midfield
The role shifting could arguably affect Paul Pogba the most. Since Rashford was assigned the right-wing spot and Pogba manning the left flank in the latter of half of United’s recent season, Sancho’s arrival could shift positions. Rashford is likely to return to the left while the Frenchman is apt to be assigned his erstwhile role in the midfield. In this regard, it will be interesting to see if it is an attacking role or a pivot that is assigned to him.
4. No Regrets for Cavani
If Edinson Cavani had any second thoughts about committing another year to United, the signing of Sancho will put that to rest. The promising forward will add to the creative dynamics in a roster that already contain the likes of Bruno Fernandes and Pogba. With Sancho in the mix, there will more promising inputs for the veteran striker to capitalize on.
5. Tough Competition for Amad Diallo
Up until now, Amad Diallo was the only natural right-forward that Solskjær had to choose from. As such, the teenager was hyped for big things in the season to come. However, Sancho is likely to compete for a regular starting role. Given this, the young Diallo will face a tough time carving even cameo appearances in the role.
6. Back to Manchester
It will be a happy return for Sancho who was developed in the neighbouring Man City’s youth academy. Given that United are eyeing to oust City from their coveted spot at the top of English football, it will certainly be poetic justice if the Red Devils trump over the Sky Blues using one of their own youth products.
The next Manchester derby will certainly be exciting, hopefully with all fans in attendance.
7. Focus Shifts to the Back
With Sancho signed, Solskjær will no longer have to fret about options up-front. This will now lead to the club focusing on their defensive woes. Prime among this is finding an apt defender to partner Harry Maguire at the back as well as to have reliable back-up options to choose from in the case of injury to the regular centre-backs.
Speculation is rife and expectations are even higher in Manchester. What will this anticipated transfer lead to in the long run?