Jadon Sancho’s stats could force positional change at Man Utd under Solskjaer

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer faces a dilemma over where to play Jadon Sancho next season following his arrival from Borussia Dortmund – but the stats tell their own story.

The 21-year-old has been officially confirmed as a Red Devils player following an initial agreement at the start of the month – joining for a fee in the region of £73million.

Despite the disappointment of missing a penalty in the final of Euro 2020 for England, Sancho turned around a difficult start to last season by winning the German Cup with Dortmund.

While his goal and assist tallies are nothing short of magnificent at club level, Solskjaer could face a positional dilemma when the season gets underway.

Having made 137 appearances in all competitions for Dortmund since his move from Manchester City back in 2017, he has started on the right wing on 70 occasions.

While in that position, he has managed 24 goals and 36 assists, which equates to a goal contribution of 0.89 per 90 minutes.

On the left wing, however, he has 20 goals and 23 assists from 45 outings, which works out as 0.95.

That could cause some debate at Old Trafford, with Marcus Rashford usually playing from the left and Sancho expected to take up a role on the right-hand side.

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Sancho told the official United website after signing a five-year deal: “I’ll always be grateful to Dortmund for giving me the opportunity to play first team football, although I always knew that I would return to England one day.

"The chance to join Manchester United is a dream come true and I just cannot wait to perform in the Premier League.

"This is a young and exciting squad and I know, together, we can develop into something special to bring the success that the fans deserve.

"I am looking forward to working with the manager and his coaching team to further develop my game.”

With Solskjaer adding: “He’s such a creative, positive winger and forward player.

"He can play wide, nip into the pockets and he excites the fans. He takes people on one-against-one, he creates chances, he works hard and he loves football.

"And there is some untapped talent there I am sure, and coming into this environment will help him improve as well.”

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