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Curious Case of Jadon Sancho: How Manchester United make big bad moves?

Erik ten Hag warns England and Manchester United star Jadon Sancho and asks for more 'commitment'.
Erik ten Hag warns England and Manchester United star Jadon Sancho and asks for more 'commitment'. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Jadon Sancho Is Out of the Team Due to Mental Struggle

On July 23rd, 2021, Manchester United presented their newest signing from Borussia Dortmund – Jadon Sancho. The young left winger was seemingly a perfect fit for the Devils, who paid 85 million Euros for the player.

His amazing performance for Dortmund in the four years he spent there justified the price. He scored 50 goals and added 64 assists in 137 appearances for the club. The fans were hoping that he will carry that form into the Premier League. Instead, manager ten Hag stated that Sancho is struggling physically and mentally.

Sancho’s Struggle

Jadon’s last game for United was against Chelsea on October 22nd. Since then, he is nowhere to be found, and at the end of 2022, Erik ten Hag stated that the player is training individually in the Netherlands to overcome his physical and mental struggles.

The young star has taken a break from social media around the World Cup in Qatar. And it seems that the fact coach Southgate didn’t invite him to the national team started all this. Sancho was one of three players that missed in the penalty shoot-out against Italy in the Euro 2020 final.

Jadon Is Not the First United Transfer Market Flop

The state in which Jadon is makes it unclear when he will be available to return. The amount of money spent on a player suggests that United’s officials made a huge bet, and if you want to make one, we recommend . Further analysis of United’s transfer moves is giving us a better perspective and shows us that they are continuously making mistakes with big money transfers. Let’s look at some of the names.

Paul Pogba – 105 Million Euros

When Paul returned to United from Juventus, the fans were ecstatic. One of the best midfielders in the world was coming back to a club that didn’t recognize his potential and paid a hefty price to correct that mistake. Maybe the people from United should pay more attention to their youth squad potential. The temperament player managed to irritate everyone. It seemed that his social media activity was more important to him than his performance on the pitch. He looked nervous, selfish, and not worth the money they invested in him. He didn’t manage to establish himself as a leader of a new generation for the Devils.

Harry Maguire – 87 Million Euros

Harry joined United in the summer of 2019 and never justified the price tag on his transfer. His stay with the team is garnished with some huge mistakes in the defense, which left the team without points. There are some viral videos in which goalkeeper De Gea decides to kick the ball out of the pitch rather than to Harry. The most irritating thing about Maguire is that it seems they are forcing him into the starting selection, even giving him the captain armband, which feels undeserved.

Romelu Lukaku – 84.7 Million Euros

Big Rom stats for United are looking decent. But the fact that the player was paid this much to play two seasons for the club is troubling the fans. He scored 42 goals in 96 appearances, but he was nowhere near as important to the team as he was in Inter when he made the switch in 2019 and won the league for them. 


The fact remains that when we look at the market value of the players that United is signing, we can’t shake the feeling that the club is overpaying them. The last time that they won the Premier League was almost ten years ago. Something needs to change regarding transfer policy and fast if they want to win it soon.

Written by Thomas Hein

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