Man Utd beating Brighton may explain Ed Woodward transfer decision on one player

Before Manchester United’s Premier League showdown with Brighton, Jadon Sancho transfer news broke. It emerged that Ed Woodward has set a maximum fee of £50million for the Borussia Dortmund star. And Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial’s qualities may be behind his decision, with the trio sparkling at the Amex Stadium on Tuesday night.

Manchester United do want Sancho.

While Woodward has reportedly set a maximum fee for the England international this summer it’s an open secret that the club want to bring the 20-year-old to Old Trafford when the transfer window opens again.

But seemingly not for any price.

It was Sky Sports who claimed that United had set a price for Sancho, wary of overpaying the odds at a time where many across the world have been impacted by the coronavirus crisis.

And the form of Rashford, Martial and Greenwood may be behind that transfer decision.

All three sparkled as United cruised their way past Brighton on Tuesday night, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side easily outclassing the hosts.


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Greenwood scored the opening goal of the match in the 16th minute, producing a fine finish after bamboozling the Brighton defence with some fancy footwork.

And United doubled their lead 13 minutes later with Bruno Fernandes finding the net with a pinpoint shot from the edge of the box.

Fernandes then added gloss to the display in the second half, scoring a second goal of the game.

It was a straightforward night for United and the performances of Greenwood, Martial and Rashford was one of the biggest positives.

Behind the scenes, United feel they’re progressing well. Whisper it quietly, they even think the trio can be their own answer to Sadio Mane, Mason Greenwood and Roberto Firmino over at Liverpool.


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In Rashford, they feel they’ve got a future Ballon d’Or winner on their hands.

The England international faded after a bright start against Brighton but was still a constant thorn in Albion’s side, posing all sorts of problems with his mazy runs and footballing intelligence.

He’s not scored since the restart but United are happy nonetheless. He’s been playing well and that means that, eventually, the goals will start to flow again.

Martial was also unable to get on the scoresheet.

But the France international’s evolution was evident at the Amex. He’s now becoming more of a complete forward, often dropping deep and allowing his team-mates to drift into dangerous positions.

Greenwood will have been delighted with his goal, which is the 18-year-old’s 13th of the season.

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And United think he’ll only get better with time. Against Brighton he played on the right wing but, despite that not being his natural position, he was dangerous throughout the showdown.

While fans and the club want Sancho, Woodward’s transfer stance could be explained by the current attackers at the club’s disposal.

They’re brimming with potential and now look like they’re operating the very peak of their powers.

Throw Sancho into the mix and United will be considered as a genuine threat to Liverpool when it comes to the title next term.

But they may already be. Rashford, Greenwood and Martial is a trident that could strike fear into opposition defences across the globe. 

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