Manchester United could solve Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford dilemma with Ten Hag’s talisman – Casey Evans

Manchester United have a dilemma.

When the club acquired Jadon Sancho in the summer from Borussia Dortmund, United fans believed their issues on the right-wing had finally been solved, but seven months on, that doesn’t seem to be the case.

Sancho played predominantly on the right in Germany, but he is being deployed as a left-winger under Ralf Rangnick. Given the form of Marcus Rashford on the left before his injury, I assumed that the club would develop the young English winger on the opposite wing.

But since Rashford has returned from his injury, he has been a shadow of his former self, so under Ralf Rangnick, it seems the plan to use Sancho on the right has been scrapped, and over the past few games, he has been United’s best player on the left-hand side of the pitch.

Rashford has occupied the right-wing spot alongside Anthony Elanga, but neither has set the world alight, which means that United will likely have to look to solve this issue in the next transfer window, especially if they appoint Erik ten Hag’s, whose tactic relies on his wings.

And given that United’s preference is to play down the left-hand side, this makes them predictable to their opponents, so it is important that United balance this out if they are to succeed going forward.

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So to smooth the transition, if they appoint Ten Hag, they could look to Ajax for the solution.

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Antony has been a vital part of Ajax’s push for the Dutch league title and looking dangerous in Champions League this season. He has 11 goals and six assists in all competitions this season, but it was most impressive is his ability to move the ball up the field.

According to a post by analytics account UtdArena, Antony has 96 progressive passes this season in the Eredivisie. The more impressive stat is that he leads the team for most progressive carries with 72, something which United has been lacking down the right-hand side with Rashford and Elanga.

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Reports in Brazil linked Antony with a £33.5m move to Barcelona in the summer, but given his form this season, it is likely that Ajax would ask for much more for his services if United wanted to acquire him this year.

There are still several question marks about what the future holds for United in terms of the manager and what players the club will look to acquire, but what is certain is getting this summer’s transfer window right will be crucial to the club’s future success.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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