Manchester United are finally dealing with their problem position after 12 years

Manchester United are finally dealing with their problem position after 12 years

Jadon Sancho, a winger for Borussia Dortmund, is calling for a summer move amid competition from Manchester United.

No picture in English football is more iconic than Manchester United's number seven embracing the touchline at Old Trafford.

George Best, David Beckham, and Cristiano Ronaldo are among the greats to have worn the famous jersey, although Eric Cantona also wore it, but as a center-forward.


The symbolic trip down memory lane has been negated in the modern game by outlandish squad numbers.

Indeed, the two wide men used against Leicester City last night, Amad and Anthony Elanga, wore 19 and 56, respectively, while Shola Shoretire made his United debut this season with 74 on his back.

Purists might argue that 'the game is over in that context, but that is an argument best left to one side for the time being.

As the summer transfer window approaches, Jadon Sancho could return to Manchester - except this time on the red side of town - according to the MEN, who understands that the England international is pressing for a step away from Borussia Dortmund.

Although other top European clubs compete for teammate Erling Haaland, United could have a distinct advantage.

Sporting calendars are often influenced by four-year cycles around the board. In the case of United, two of them could be set for a fitting conclusion this summer.

Indeed, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seeks his first trophy, his team has already booked flights to Gdansk for the Europa League final against Villarreal.

If they win, it will be their first trophy since winning the same competition in 2017 under Jose Mourinho.

Manchester United are finally dealing with their problem position after 12 years

That was coincidentally just before United first expressed interest in Sancho, who instead chose to leave Manchester City to continue his production in the Bundesliga with Dortmund.

It's been less than 24 hours since United formally handed over the title to their once 'noisy' neighbors.

However, by breaking the two aforementioned cycles, they will be able to close the gap as they pursue their first Premier League title since Sir Alex Ferguson's departure.

As many have tried and failed in that regard, including David Moyes, Louis van Gaal, and Jose Mourinho, United will be assured of breaking their simultaneous hoodoo on the right flank.

Edinson Cavani's reversal has given key figures in charge of transfers more time to pursue a world-class striker, allowing the club's window plans to be reworked.

The MEN is aware that Sancho is pushing for a move. Dortmund may be able to play ball as well, lowering their nine-figure asking price from last summer.

In the 12 years since Ronaldo took over for former England captain David Beckham, many players have been called up to fill United's number seven gap - even though it wasn't exactly the shirt that was given to them.

Wilfried Zaha was signed and stayed for two seasons before returning to Crystal Palace on a permanent basis.

Adnan Januzaj fell short of expectations. Angel di Maria fell short of expectations.

Memphis Depay was used in that role on occasion, but despite being a much more experienced player now, fans didn't get to see the best of him in the famous red shirt.

These three alone costs United well over €100 million.

Of course, signing Sancho does not guarantee a return, but his 48 goals and 62 assists in 134 matches for Dortmund indicates that if United is successful in their search, they will have a serious player on their hands.

Mason Greenwood, Amad, and Dan James will be on hand to provide cover, with the former also looking to stake his claim in the attacking third as a possible replacement for Cavani.

It's taken more than a decade and a staggering amount of money, but United seems to be on the right track in terms of appropriately filling THE most iconic position at Old Trafford.


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