Pione Sisto must be sick of the sight of Manchester United and vice versa. The Danish forward is just 22 years of age and has plied his trade only in his homeland and in Spain, but has already faced the Red Devils four times in his short career, encountering them twice in European double-leggers.
Indeed, Sisto was part of the FC Midjtylland squad that famously beat the Red Devils at home in the Europa League during 2015/16, only for United to reverse the scoreline in the second leg at Old Trafford – best famed for Marcus Rashford’s Red Devils debut.
Sisto hit the net in both legs, which prompted manager Slaven Bilic to reveal on ITV that West Ham had an interest in signing the speedy forward the summer previous. As quoted by The Metro, he said…
“He’s young, he’s 21 so we wanted to get him for the future. We watched him against Southampton and in a few other games. He’s got pace, he’s very brave, he’s very young, he can change direction. He’s a great prospect. We wanted him, but to give credit to him and people around him they decided that it’s better to stay in Denmark for another year.”
The four-cap attacker failed to repeat the feat as his current employers Celta Vigo squared up against United in the Europa League semi-final, which saw Jose Mourinho’s side squeeze their way past the La Liga outfit on aggregate yesterday evening.
Nonetheless, Sisto still made an impressive impact in both legs, especially considering how solid United have been in Europe this season – conceding just eight goals in 14 games and often adopting a notably defensive style of play.
Indeed, as our infographic shows, Sisto finished both legs with six efforts at goal and three created chances to his name, but his ability to run at defences with the ball stood out most, completing six dribbles and winning an impressive five fouls.
Considering how important counter-attacking has become in the Premier League, Sisto could be a real asset for a club like West Ham, who are certainly in need of better options out wide with a whole host of wingers struggling to establish themselves since arriving at the London Stadium last summer.
Rated at just £3.4million by Transfermarkt, the Danish hotshot could prove to be a real bargain for the east Londoners – although Celta will feel they can charge more for a player with four years remaining on his contract.