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“He plays off the cuff, he’s creative and imaginative” – Marcus Rashford hopes Jadon Sancho joins Man Utd

By CJ Smith

Published: 13:20, 3 April 2020

Marcus Rashford has admitted he hopes to see England teammate Jadon Sancho play alongside him at Manchester United next season.

Sancho only turned 20 in March but since joining Borussia Dortmund from Manchester City 2017, he’s become one of the most exciting talents on the planet.

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  • Sancho has scored 31 goals in 90 senior appearances for Dortmund.
  • His form has earned the 20-year-old a place in Gareth Southgate’s England side.
  • It’s also seen him linked with a number of European giants, most notably Man Utd.
  • Rashford admits he’d love to share the Old Trafford pitch with Sancho.
  • But it could take a reported €110m to convince Dortmund to sell.

The London-born winger has scored 31 goals in 90 senior appearances for Dortmund to date, while this season alone he’s notched 17 assists across Bundesliga and Champions League play.

Not only has that form helped him break into Gareth Southgate’s senior England side, but it’s also seen him linked to a host of European giants.

Man Utd appear to be in pole position for his signature right now, and Rashford admits he’d love to share the pitch with his international teammate at club level.

“It would be good [if Sancho joined],” Rashford said on Instagram live. “Sancho’s a great player and he’s like a new generation player.

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“It’s definitely exciting to watch him become the player he’s becoming. Hopefully, we can all play together, that would be good.

“He plays off the cuff, he’s creative and imaginative — these are the things you need to be world-class.”

How could Man Utd line-up with Jadon Sancho?

Since his appointment in December 2018, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has set his Man Utd side up to soak up pressure and hit teams on the counter.

During his tenure so far, the Red Devils have had the third-highest number of shots from fast breaks (35) of any Premier League side, while only Leicester City (10) have scored more goals than Man Utd (9) in those situations.

In this regard, Sancho is a perfect match. He ranks second in the Bundesliga this season for total fast breaks (7) and third for goals from fast breaks (2).

Sancho has shared his time across both flanks this season, meaning Solskjaer could easily rotate between him, Rashford, Anthony Martial and Daniel James not just game-to-game, but in-game too, making United incredibly fluid and unpredictable.

Martial would likely operate as a false nine, operating between the lines and combining with Bruno Fernandes, while also creating space for the likes of Rashford and Sancho to run in-behind the opposition defence. Fernandes’ precision passes could lay on a mouth-watering number of chances for Solskjaer’s wing wizards.

And, as mentioned, should Solskjaer wish to change things up, the pacey and direct James could come into the side, putting Rashford through the middle and Sancho on the left, where he can cut inside onto his favoured right foot and unleash shots at goal.

Sancho is reportedly valued at €110m by Dortmund, so it would take a mammoth effort from Ed Woodward to bring him to Old Trafford but the output and adaptability he would bring to Manchester United would surely make him worth any price tag.