Sunday, December 4, 2022

Manchester United could unleash three different attacking options if they succeed with Jadon Sancho’s transfer.

Manchester United could unleash three different attacking options if they succeed with Jadon Sancho’s transfer.

Hope is firmly growing as Manchester United close in on Jadon Sancho as their first signing of the summer transfer window, but he is still a little while off from being marched around Old Trafford with a sash lofted above his head.

Manchester United were hit back with their initial bid of £67million plus £8million in add-ons, but have reverted to the German club with a revised offer, understood to be worth more than £75million.

The ink might not be on the deals yet, but there is absolutely confidence that a deal will be finished soon as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to reinforce his opportunities ahead of the new season.

In fact, as things are signing Sancho would give United nine attackers to chose from heading into the next period and in hypothesis leave them with three entirely different forward lines to choose from depending on their opposition.

Rashford, Sancho, Cavani

Arguably the strongest available forward line for next term would be one involving Marcus Rashford and Edinson Cavani as well as the aimed signing.

This would be used whenever feasible and has the added convenience of regular wing rotation given the two England international’s ability to play on either flank.

Sancho’s addition would bring with it more exceptional creativity on the flanks and in turn should result in more chances for Cavani to seize goals from an aerial position.

The only arguable downsides are that Cavani grapples to play more than one match a week and Rashford bears when he is not fully fit. It might mean this front three is utilized far less than Solskjaer would like.

Paul Pogba’s form towards the end of last season could also see him hold the left-wing role with Sancho and Cavani making the attacking trio.

Amad, Martial, Greenwood

Another exciting attacking set-up would be that of Amad, Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial for games when United look to use speed and trickery to get in behind high-defensive lines.

Such an approach would once again benefit from the fluid attacking position of every single attacker, with either Greenwood or Martial able of playing in the central role.

This strategy could prove to be a masterstroke in Champions League group stage games next summer when key players will likely need to be rested amid a jammed fixture schedule, though there is clearly a lack of physical presence as a result.

Rashford could also be involved in this second-tier attack if Pogba continues his fine form from the left wing into the new campaign.

James, Mata, Elanga

It might not be as impressive as the other two, but it is once again a reminder of United’s deep squad depth with Daniel James and Juan Mata both still having roles to play in this United side.

In dead-rubber European matches or early-round domestic cup matches this could well be a winning formula given the pace of James and the creativity of Mata from wide roles.

This strategy would provide an opportunity for an academy player to gain valuable first-team minutes with Anthony Elanga, Shola Shoretire and Hannibal Mejbri all presumed to feature for the first-team at some stage next season.

As with the aforementioned line ups this one could provide for the inclusion of Amad or Martial if they find playing time hard to come by next season.

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Manchester United could unleash three different attacking options if they succeed with Jadon Sancho’s transfer.