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Speaking on ESPN FC, Steve Nicol has claimed Jadon Sancho would be “crazy” to join Manchester United.
The Borussia Dortmund is one of the hottest properties in European football at the moment, following a meteoric rise whilst playing in the Bundesliga. The 19-year-old has scored 18 goals and provided 31 assists in 71 games across all competitions, and that form has understandably led to transfer interest from other clubs, including Manchester United.
Reports in recent weeks have claimed the England international is set to be a leading target for the Red Devils next summer, but Nicol believes that would be a major mistake on the part of Sancho.
He said: “I think he’s crazy if he goes to Man United. We’re talking about he’s struggling in a team that’s struggling (Dortmund) – Man United are going to be struggling for a couple of seasons, so I would stay away from there. Well if I was advising him, let me put it that way, I would like to see him at Liverpool.”
Make no mistake about it, United desperately need to secure Champions League football for next season. The very best players – whether they’re in the peak years of their careers or up-and-coming stars like Sancho – want to be plying their trade in European football’s elite competition.
The Red Devils currently find themselves in seventh place in the Premier League, nine points off fourth-placed Manchester City. The gap is still something Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side can claw back, and if they manage to do it, their chances of landing Sancho would be boosted tremendously. So whilst it may seem “crazy” now to envisage the £90m-rated star at Old Trafford, it may not look the case at the end of the season.