United’s chase for Sancho was the most extended transfer saga of the summer, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer thinking he would be determined to bring in another right-winger to close the gap on Liverpool and Manchester City at the top of the Premier League.
Jadon Sancho is a luxury for Manchester United
According to Steve McClaren, Jadon Sancho is “a luxury” that Manchester United doesn’t need. He said that the Red Devils should invest their money in “decent defenders”. United’s chase for Sancho was the most extended transfer saga of the summer. With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer thinking he would be determined to bring in another right-winger to close the gap on Liverpool and Manchester City at the top of the Premier League. As reported, the Red Devils have not yet launched an official application for the BVB star. Still, negotiations with the player’s agent regarding a big-money switch to Old Trafford remain ongoing. The Manchester outfit only have until Monday to close a deal for Sancho. With permanent firm BVB on their €120 million valuations of the winger. It’s unclear if he will return to the Premier League.
The Red Devils need more than £100 million to get Sancho
Sancho has been a revelation in Germany since moving to Westfalenstadion from Manchester City in 2017, firmly establishing himself as one of the best young players in Europe while earning a regular spot in England’s national set-up. However, United already have an abundance of talented players in attacking positions, with Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, and Mason Greenwood currently serving as Solskjaer’s first-choice front three. McClaren believes hiring a new defender should be a priority for the Red Devils, having seen them conceding five goals in their first two top-flight outings in the 2020-21 campaign. “Sancho is a luxury they don’t necessarily need,” a former United assistant and England manager told reporters.
“You’re only talking about £10 million or £20 million more in £100 million to go out and get him. Go and get the boy – you’re Manchester United. Show your influence. But I think you could spend this money on decent defenders.”
McClaren added about United’s lack of pace in the back: “When you play with a high lane intensity, your center-backs have to dictate one against one, and therefore they must have speed. Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof don’t have that speed. They need somebody – at the back there because I think as we advance they’re fine. “They score goals and pose a threat. The front three are incredible, and they made out the midfield with Bruno Fernandes and Donny van de Beek. They have got everything there.”