Manchester United supporters are full of optimism after the signing of Jadon Sancho was made official last week as the club looks to win their first silverware under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has just agreed a contract extension.
Following years of speculation, the Reds finally got their man after lengthy discussions with Borussia Dortmund proved productive and Sancho has signed in a deal worth £72m – his contract will run until June 2026, with an option of a further year.
The 21-year-old joins the Premier League club after four years in the Bundesliga with Dortmund, where he won the German Cup in his final season and scored 50 goals across 137 appearances.
Sancho has established himself as one of the world’s finest young talents over recent years and he scored 16 goals and provided 20 assists across all competitions last season.
Needless to say, United fans are understandably delighted at the announcement which is a signal of intent from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ahead of the new season.
“We are absolutely delighted with the signing of Jadon Sancho,” Roy from United Journal told FansBet. “We are buzzing and excited to see him play for us.
“We have been after him for a long long time, since he left City for Dortmund in 2017, and last summer the club couldn’t reach an agreement, but now the deal’s finally over the line, it’s been a long wait, but it’s worth it.”
Sancho is the second most expensive English player of all time behind his new United team-mate Harry Maguire.
His move to Old Trafford will see him not only link up with England team-mate Rashford, but also Edinson Cavani, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood in what could prove a formidable attack for Solskjaer’s side.
Since the start of the 2018-19 season, only seven players have more combined goals and assists than the England international. Of those players, only Barcelona’s Lionel Messi (43) has created more goals than Sancho (41) in that time.
“Sancho is one of the best talents in the world and his arrival will undoubtedly raise the bar in terms of the quality in United’s play next season,” explains Roy.
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“We have been lacking a proper winger to play on the right and finally we have got someone who is here to stay probably more than a decade while is signing also helps the likes of Donny van de Beek and Wan-Bissaka to improve their game, so it’s an exciting signing from all prospects.
“This is probably the first summer transfer window in a long, long time where United are acting seriously and sensibly.
“The new recruitment team, along with Matt Judge and the departing Ed Woodward are finally acting the way the officials of a proper club do in the transfers negotiations.”
The news of Sancho’s arrival was swiftly followed by the announcement that Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has signed a two-year contract extension to stay at Old Trafford until at least 2024 with an option for an extra year.
The Norwegian, 48, took over permanently in March 2019, having been put in interim charge when Jose Mourinho departed three months earlier.
He led United to second place in the Premier League last season and the Europa League final, which they lost.
He became United’s fourth permanent manager since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013 when he signed a three-year contract in March 2019.
Solskjaer led the Old Trafford club to third in his first full season when they also got to the semi-finals of the Europa League before losing to Sevilla.
In the last campaign, United finished 12 points behind champions Manchester City in claiming the runners-up spot, while they were beaten by Villareal on penalties in the Europa League final.
And Roy believes the club’s patience with a club legend who spent 11 seasons as a United player, scoring the winning goal in the 1999 Champions League final, will be rewarded in the coming years.
“Ole has done a lot of work since taking over as interim manager in December 2018 and as permanent manager in March 2019 and before he came in, the club was in shambles,” he says.
“United didn’t have a squad of true United quality, there were players who weren’t of the standards to play at a club like Manchester United.
“The club’s recruitment was bad, some facilities were lacking due to changes made by previous managers, the academy fell behind others in the country, it was a total mess, it was a sinking ship. Ole steadied it.
“Ole has and is bringing back the values, the true United DNA at the club. He’s made the dressing room a happy place.
“He has improved recruitment – signing quality players who can elevate the team, signing those who want to play for the team. Many players have improved under him, the most prominent example being Shaw.
“United are in a much better place now than it was when Ole took charge; results have improved under him and there has been progress made on the field, but now it’s time to win trophies which is the only thing lacking, and we are sure he will start winning those from the coming season.”
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