Phil Neville believes Jadon Sancho ticks all the boxes as the ‘out-and-out winger’ that Manchester United enjoyed with Beckham and Ronaldo.
Jadon Sancho’s future is arguably the biggest transfer story at the moment. His progress at Borussia Dortmund has been sublime, prompting interest from clubs around Europe. However, Manchester United are the rumored favorites.
The 20-year-old ticks all the boxes for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans to develop an all-conquering young squad. Therefore, it’s a win-win situation. Plus, regular opportunities will be very likely for Jadon.
The Norwegian can still recall his own days as a United player like they were yesterday himself, where he formed part of a dominant set-up that contained the likes of David Beckham and Ryan Giggs.
The pair became club icons in their own right by starring down the flanks at Old Trafford. And when Beckham left for Real Madrid in 2003, Cristiano Ronaldo took over and established arguably an even greater legacy.
Now Neville, who made 368 appearances between 1994 and 2005 for the Red Devils, is hoping for a similar impact from Sancho amid reports a deal to bring the youngster to Old Trafford is at an advanced stage.
“People are talking about [Jack] Grealish, but now with [Bruno] Fernandes in there, do we need another number 10?” Neville told the Webby & O’Neill Podcast
“I think the right-hand side is the biggest area where we need to improve. An out-and-out winger.
“You think about the great Man United sides, Beckham, [Andrei] Kanchelskis… Ronaldo played out there, Ole Gunnar played on the right-hand side.
“I think the right-hand side is the one big hole in the squad. United haven’t really had anyone since Antonio Valencia, really.
“Sancho can play out there and play really well. You’d say that’s someone who will fit the profile.
“You think [Marcus] Rashford and [Mason] Greenwood, both British players, you think of Fernandes, he’s young and hungry – Sancho fits that.”