Jadon Sancho tipped to end Man Utd’s shirt number curse ahead of £73m transfer

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Manchester United have confirmed they have agreed a deal to sign Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho for £73m. The England international has become one of the best wingers in the world during his time in the Bundesliga, and has now been backed to be a success in the Premier League.

Sancho’s former youth coach has backed the winger to be a roaring success at Manchester United and end the recent ‘curse’ of the no. 7 shirt.

The Red Devils have confirmed they have agreed a deal to sign Sancho from Borussia Dortmund for what is expected to be a £73million fee.

Sancho will formally make the move to Old Trafford after Sunday’s Euro 2020 final, in which he will participate for England against Italy.

It is understood that the 21-year-old has requested the no. 7 shirt at United, which has been worn by the likes of Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo.

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More recently though, Alexis Sanchez and Memphis Depay have donned the iconic jersey, with both players proving to be huge flops.

But Sancho’s former youth coach at Watford, Louis Lancaster, insists that the pressure of wearing the no. 7 will only make him an even better player.

“I don’t think it would phase him,” Lancaster told the Stretford Paddock YouTube channel. “I think actually he’d be a better player for having that shirt, because of the pressure.

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“Some players choke and some people get a bit more 10 per-cent [under pressure]. I say give him the shirt.”

Since leaving Manchester City in 2017, Sancho has gone on to become one of the most dangerous wingers in the world.

The London-born star has more than 100 goal contributions from the 137 games he’s played for Borussia Dortmund, proving he has the end product to back up his trickery and daring runs.

And Lancaster thinks that Sancho can emulate those sorts of numbers in the Premier League, backing him to be a perfect fit at Old Trafford.

“I think it’s the perfect fit for Jadon,” he added. “With his goalscoring contributions, which are about one every game; he’s got the most entries into the box across Europe, he’s the most successful dribbler.

“He’s one of these players that will excite fans and get you off your seat.

“I think he’ll come in and he’ll just settle in straight away. His personality is fearless – he lives for the big moments.”

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