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Man Utd’s Sancho dilemma and Pogba problem both have same solution

Manchester United, at times, have the capacity to look like Premier League title challengers. At others, a mid-table side at best.

If you think it’s frustrating as a neutral imagine the fans. One week they’re watching their side get cut open by Istanbul Basaksehir, the next Scott McTominay is scoring for fun against Leeds.

It is this ability, though, to look like title challengers that puts them so close to achieving what Solskjaer wants – silverware.

The difference ultimately comes down to the players or lack there of.

United pursued Sancho all summer but were left with egg on their face after Borussia Dortmund turned down below par advances.

Jadon Sancho has had a tough start to the season at Borussia Dortmund.

And it is interesting now that Sancho should be going through a barren spell. The England winger has gone 11 Bundesliga games this season without a goal, setting up just three.

It’s worth noting that last campaign he scored 17 and assisted another 17 in 32 league appearances.

There of course is an argument to suggest that Sancho, who did want the Old Trafford switch, is devoid of motivation after failing to get the big money move.

But it raises an interesting dilemma for United. Despite his form Dortmund aren’t likely to lower their £100million-plus valuation.

Paul Pogba looks to be on his way out of Manchester United.
Paul Pogba looks to be on his way out of Manchester United.

For someone who has performed poorly so far this term and has zero Premier League experience a transfer of such value represents a big risk.

And then there’s Paul Pogba.

Regardless of Mino Raiola running his mouth (again), something feels different this time with the World Cup winner.

Providing United can recover most of the fee paid for him in 2016, Pogba will likely leave next summer. And despite his inconsistent form there’s no doubting his obvious talent would leave a hole in United’s midfield.

Jack Grealish consistently proves his quality.
Jack Grealish consistently proves his quality.

But there is a solution available to United that would solve both the Sancho dilemma and Pogba problem – Jack Grealish.

United were interested in the 25-year-old last summer but were priced out of a move and opted for Donny van de Beek.

The Dutchman has a big role to play at United – even more so if Pogba leaves. He remains a good signing.

But Grealish can play central, wide and he’s proven he can do it in the Premier League. He also forced his way into the England set up this year and was named man of the match in the 4-0 win over Iceland.

Facundo Pellistri is right-winger for the future.
Facundo Pellistri is right-winger for the future.

Looking at United’s squad, they don’t need an additional right winger now. Facundo Pellistri and Amad Diallo both represent long-term options for that role.

And the quartet of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Mason Greenwood and Bruno Fernandes is an attacking line up to be matched.

United’s areas of concern lay elsewhere, like the defence.

But should they be pressed to sign a midfielder then Grealish is their answer. Use the fee received for Pogba and pay less than you would for Sancho is something of a no-brainer.

As mentioned there are still other areas to tweak but there is an option available to United that kills two birds with one stone.




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