Manchester United think Jadon Sancho is the heir to Cristiano Ronaldo, reports say. The Red Devils have struggled to replace the Juventus star ever since his blockbuster move to Real Madrid back in the summer of 2009. But they now believe Sancho can succeed where others have failed over the years.
United were England’s dominant force when Ronaldo was at Old Trafford, winning three Premier League titles in a row with the Portugal international in their ranks.
He also helped them win the Champions League in 2008, with the trophy evading them in the years that have followed.
United lost Ronaldo to Real Madrid in 2009 and, since then, many players have struggled under the weight of his old No 7 shirt.
Michael Owen was given the jersey when Ronaldo jumped ship yet, though he had his moments, the England international was never able to really do it justice.
Antonio Valencia took the No 7 shirt in 2012 but gave it back after a single year.
United thought Angel Di Maria and then Memphis Depay could shine as Ronaldo replacements when they arrived in 2014 and 2015 respectively.
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But, like Alexis Sanchez afterwards, neither made the grade at Old Trafford.
However, in Sancho the Manchester Evening News claim United now feel they’re finally about to sign a replacement for Ronaldo.
The Borussia Dortmund star has been promised the No 7 shirt ahead of a potential move to Old Trafford, with the Red Devils ready to make the 20-year-old their new poster boy.
And United feel that, in Sancho, they’re onto a winner.
The Dortmund star has been in stunning form this season, scoring 14 goals and registering 15 assists from just 23 Bundesliga games.
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And United are growing increasingly confident that the 20-year-old will be strutting his stuff at Old Trafford over the coming years.
While that’s the case, Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp has urged Sancho to take time before making any decision on his Dortmund future.
“We’re talking about an incredible talent, someone who has made some really good decisions,” he said on Sky Sports.
“He went abroad, took a real risk to a certain extent, a very good one and it paid off.
“He got in the Champions League playing amazing football and now he’s playing for his country.
“His next move is so important because what he’s got to make sure he does is he gets in that team and he plays regularly because he’s such an amazing talent.
“We’re talking about one of top five players in the world in the next few years, he’s got that much ability.
“If he goes to United, everyone knows the pressure of playing for a big club.
“He looks like a young man that can handle it, but it’s going to be a brilliant move for him if he does go there.”
Sancho isn’t the only player on United’s transfer radar.
The club also want Jack Grealish and Jude Bellingham, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hopeful of bringing in a new centre-back as well.
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