Manchester City have Phil Foden, Chelsea have Mason Mount and Manchester United need Jadon Sancho.
All three young talents have enjoyed outstanding seasons for their respective clubs, underpinning their every success this term, and they’ve certainly earned their places in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for this summer’s fast approaching European Championship.
Despite the wounds United sustained in the Europa League final in Gdansk now only beginning to heal, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer did make progress with the club in the Premier League, leading the Reds to finish in the runners-up position ahead of Chelsea and Liverpool.
It now seems like a watershed moment in the club’s history, though, because if the Norweigan isn’t granted adequate resources in the transfer market, that work could quickly become undone and the gap to City could widen, while other rivals could also surpass United.
Sancho, Foden and Mount are three of England’s most exciting young players heading into Euro 2020, and it’s not hyperbole to suggest the rest of the continent will be looking on in envy at the array of hungry talent Southgate now has at his disposal.
However, Solskjaer has had to watch this season as Chelsea and City made it to the Champions League final, and while naturally there should be an element of jealousy, the United boss should channel those emotions into action and secure his own English starlet.
United’s interest in Sancho is well documented, but on Thursday the 21-year-old addressed the speculation linking him a transfer away from Borussia Dortmund. “I don’t really look at it [the speculation],” Sancho admitted to Talk Sport.
“During the season, I always focus on myself & the team because that’s the most important thing we can do and every time I’m on the pitch I always give it all, obviously trying to create what I do on the pitch and that’s with goals and assists.
“That’s what I really try to do, work hard for the team.”
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Sancho conducts himself with the maturity of a player much his senior and the way he talks with assured confidence, yet seemingly humble at the same time, explains why he’s ready for a move to United this summer – it has the potential to be the perfect marriage.
“It’s easy not to run back, but that’s your decision and we don’t want those types of players,” Solskjaer has previously said when asked about the qualities he looks for in a player when recruiting and Sancho clearly possesses what’s required to succeed at United.
After four years in Germany, Sancho has the skill and mentality and it seems it’s now time for him to return to Manchester.