Manchester United’s pursuit of Jadon Sancho this summer already has optimistic fans wondering who the Borussia Dortmund forward will displace in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s starting line-up.
As reported by BBC Sport, Sancho is a leading target for the Reds this summer, but they will have to meet Dortmund’s full demands if they are to secure his services.
Whilst its important supporters don’t get too carried away with the possible transfer of Sancho, his rumoured arrival certainly makes for an interesting debate around Solskjaer’s frontline selection.
Sancho would complement United’s current trident of Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford brilliantly.
But one of the exciting young forwards would likely miss out if Solskjaer continues with his preferred 4-2-3-1 system next season.
And some supporters have suggested the Rashford might be the one that will relinquish his first-team spot with Greenwood and Martial more prolific in the post-lockdown flurry of games.
It’s easy to underestimate just how totemic Rashford was for a disheveled United before his crushing injury in January.
The 22-year-old carried the Reds at times, and was arguably the most in-form left-sided attacker in European football at one stage.
Rashford failed to hit the ground running after the restart after recovering from what could have been a season-ending double stress fracture in his back.
Though he still played an important role, most notably opening the scoring in the 2-0 away victory to Crystal Palace as the Reds went a step closer to a top four finish.
The youth product enjoyed his best goalscoring Premier League season for the Reds (17) and also finished on the joint-most assists with seven.
Rashford also completed the most successful take-ons and won the most penalties.
If he can replicate the form he produced in the early months before his injury, there is little chance he will lose his place in Solskjaer’s side even with the arrival of Sancho.
See plenty of impressive stats below, via Utdreport:
Marcus Rashford for Manchester United in the Premier League this season:
Joint-most goals (17)
Joint-most assists (7)
Most goals + assists (24)
Most big chances created (9)
Most successful take-ons (60)
Most shots on target (44)
Most penalties won (4)
Most total shots (95)
— utdreport (@utdreport) August 2, 2020