Published On: Fri, Mar 27th, 2020

Man Utd chief Ed Woodward has made potentially big mistake in Jadon Sancho transfer battle | Football | Sport

It’s an open secret that Ed Woodward would love to bring Jadon Sancho to Old Trafford when the transfer window opens. The Borussia Dortmund star has been sublime this season, scoring 14 Bundesliga goals and registering 15 assists along the way. But, by letting Manchester United’s interest be known, Woodward has risked making a big mistake.

Manchester United are on the lookout for a right winger despite Daniel James enjoying a positive first season at Old Trafford.

And Sancho is the club’s only transfer target for that position, with the 19-year-old enjoying a sublime season with Dortmund in Germany.

Anybody who thought the teenager would struggle to match last season’s brilliant displays have been proven wrong, with the former Manchester City youngster blitzing the German top flight so far this term.

And United are eager to secure his signature as a result, despite competition from the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea, PSG, Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Earlier this week it emerged that the Red Devils were confident of winning the race for the youngster.

But by letting that be known, Woodward has made a potentially big mistake.

United like the world to be informed of their desire to sign the best players on the planet given how much excitement it generates.

But, in the past, they’ve been left red-faced when that tactic has backfired.

United thought they’d welcome Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford in 2013 to lessen the pain of Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement and to spearhead a bright new era under David Moyes.

News of their confidence in bringing the Portugal international in again broke the very night of Ferguson’s final league game, a 5-5 draw with West Brom.

But United didn’t land their man, with Ronaldo choosing to stay at Real having been left unconvinced by Moyes’ appointment.

That same summer, it was also well-documented that the Red Devils hoped to land the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Thiago Alcantara.

But United were left embarrassed again when they only managed to sign Marouane Fellaini on transfer deadline day.

Woodward has also repeated that mistake over the years.

Take the January transfer window, where it was widely expected that Erling Haaland would sign on the dotted line.

He’d played under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Molde earlier in his career and United were happy to be seen as frontrunners in the race for his signature.

However, much to their disappointment, the Norwegian ended up moving to Dortmund instead.

United let the world know they were keen on signing Antoine Griezmann in 2017 as well, only for him to stay at Atletico Madrid.

And, now, they simply have to win the race for Sancho’s signature.

It’s been suggested for some time that they’re viable as his next destination.

But with the coronavirus crisis likely to impact club’s spending, that could be another blow to their hopes of landing him.

United may find themselves morally questionable should they fork out such a big amount on Sancho at a time where many people over the globe are losing their jobs.

And that’s why Woodward, by putting out the club’s interest, has risked making a potentially big mistake. 

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