Danny Mills has questioned why Jadon Sancho would want to join Manchester United at this current moment in time – given their on-pitch struggles since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.
The former England defender urged Sancho, who currently represents Borussia Dortmund in Germany, to give serious thought about joining the Red Devils should they, as is widely believed will happen, make a big-money summer swoop for him.
Sancho is one of the finest young talents in the European game and his form in the 2019/20 season – before it was suspended due to coronavirus – was remarkable.
The forward, who turned 20 only last week, has scored 17 goals and created a further 19 in 35 appearances this season, earning admiring glances from a host of Europe’s top clubs.
Chelsea and Liverpool want the London-born youngster, while LaLiga giants Real Madrid and Barcelona are also said to be keen.
However, Manchester United reportedly lead the race to capture Sancho, who spent time in Man City’s academy before heading abroad to continue his development.
It would be some coup for the Red Devils if they did capture the England international this summer, but Mills raised doubts over the transfer during an interview with talkSPORT.
He said: “If I was Jadon Sancho I’d be wanting to ask the questions: ‘who else are you bringing in?’ and ‘what other signings have you got lined up?’ and ‘what is the squad going to look like next season?’
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“Even ‘who is going to be the manager?’ – is it still going to be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer next season?
“He is in a position of strength at the moment, but he wants to go and win things.
“He’s going from a fantastic club where he’s gone through his development stage, and he’s now going to start hitting his peak, and he wants that to be his best years.
“There’s no point going to Manchester United next season if they are going to finish sixth or seventh.”
The Red Devils last won the Premier League in Sir Alex’s final season as a manager, 2012/13, and since then they’ve finished outside the top four on more occasions than they’ve finished in it.
Man United's post-Ferguson Premier League finishes
- 2013/14 – 7th
- 2014/15 – 4th
- 2015/16 – 5th
- 2016/17 – 6th
- 2017/18 – 2nd
- 2018/19 – 6th
Last term they recovered under Solskjaer to finish sixth after a dreadful start to the season with Jose Mourinho in charge, and they were sitting fifth – three points behind fourth place Chelsea – at the time of this season’s Premier League being suspended because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Whether Sancho wants to accept the challenge of trying to restore Man United to their former glories remains to be seen, but it is almost a certainty that the Red Devils will work hard to convince one of the brightest talents in world football to pitch up at Old Trafford over the coming years.
Listen to Danny Mills’ interview with talkSPORT, above…