May 13, 2021

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Man City could do Manchester United a favour vs Borussia Dortmund

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer might be putting the finishing touches to his own game plan for a European quarter-final second leg, but he’ll no doubt allow for a brief pause in preparations on Wednesday night.

The Manchester United manager, like millions of others across Europe, will be likely glued to his television set as Borussia Dortmund host Man City in a crucial Champions League tie.

While the scintillating second leg is already finely poised ahead of the meeting in North Rhine-Westphalia, Solskjaer has his own extra incentive to watch the game as he casts an eye over players he so fondly thinks about.

Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho both represent top targets for the Norwegian at Old Trafford, while teenage midfielder Jude Bellingham is ‘the one who got away’ after declining his own move to United last summer.

As well as the obvious trio there are other appealing transfer candidates in this Dortmund side with the likes of Manuel Akanji and Dan-Axel Zagadou both possible options as United look to strengthen at centre-back this summer.

With so many exciting young players on show you can understand why United supporters will have extra incentive to see Man City get dumped out of Europe again this midweek but oddly enough a win for Pep Guardiola’s side might be more beneficial.

While only a few United fans would ever want to see City end their hoodoo in Europe, there can be no ignoring the wider implications victory for them could have on Wednesday night.

Progress to the semi-finals at the expense of Dortmund would all but end the German side’s hopes of Champions League football again next season, after a torrid Bundesliga campaign.

With only six matches left in the German top-flight, Dortmund sit fifth in the league and seven points away from the final Champions League spot, currently held by Eintracht Frankfurt.

Barring a domestic miracle, their only hopes of qualifying for the top European club competition would be by winning it this season and the earliest possible exit would suit any interested parties this summer.

For a player of Haaland or Sancho’s stature to be faced by the likely prospect of Europa League football from as early as mid-April would surely cause unrest ahead of a crucial summer window, both would surely entertain moves to a club which could offer such a thing.

Likewise, missing out on the riches of Champions League qualification and the subsequent financial benefits could further weaken Dortmund’s grip when it comes to player retention this summer.

Even if the Bundesliga club’s chief, Robert Watzke, insisted his side won’t be faced with any cut-price sales this summer.

“When Covid-19 struck, we had no debt,” the chief told BBC Sport. “Not one euro. Because of that, it is a comfortable situation. We do not have to sell a player. That is important.

“The rich clubs in the world, they must know when they want a player from Borussia Dortmund there are two possibilities. The first is that I tell them they have no chance. Other times, I will tell them ‘this is the price’. Then they must know this is the price. It is not another price.



Dortmund’s Norwegian forward Erling Braut Haaland (C) celebrates scoring the 4-0 goal with Dortmund’s English midfielder Jude Bellingham (L) and Dortmund’s English midfielder Jadon Sancho during the German first division Bundesliga football match FC Schalke 04 vs Borussia Dortmund in Gelsenkirchen, western Germany, on February 20, 2021. (Photo by Ina Fassbender / various sources / AFP) / RESTRICTIONS: DFL REGULATIONS PROHIBIT ANY USE OF PHOTOGRAPHS AS IMAGE SEQUENCES AND/OR QUASI-VIDEO (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)

“We are very clear. We are very honest.”

However, failure to qualify for the Champions League might allow sides to call his bluff by offering substantial fees, but not quite the ones he was hoping for in an ideal world.

Such a scenario could not only prove key in any move for Sancho this summer, but it could also open the door on a deal for Haaland, which Dortmund are so adamant won’t take place.

Most United fans will hope Man City don’t achieve their dreams of continental glory this season, but prolonging those hopes to the semi-final stage might not be so bad at all.

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