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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer thinks Jadon Sancho has the potential to shine like Cristiano Ronaldo and David Beckham, according to reports. The Borussia Dortmund star is on the verge of moving to Old Trafford. And, if that happens as expected, he’ll become the club’s first signing of the summer transfer window.
Manchester United have spent four years chasing Sancho.
And the saga now looks finally set to end after the Red Devils agreed to pay Borussia Dortmund a fee in the region of £80million for the 21-year-old.
While it’s an expensive deal, it’s one Solskjaer has long wanted and is now about to get.
And the Evening Standard claim the Norwegian believes Sancho has the potential to be like Beckham and Ronaldo, who were both huge hits during their time at Old Trafford.
Beckham was a product of the club’s academy, rising up through the ranks alongside Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes.
The Inter Miami owner spent 11 years in the first team with the Red Devils, shining under Sir Alex Ferguson.
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Beckham was part of the team that won the Champions League in 1999, while he also scooped six Premier League titles during his time at the Theatre of Dreams.
Ultimately, he was sold to Real Madrid after falling out with Ferguson back in the summer transfer window of 2003.
But he’s still regarded as one of the club’s best-ever players, with his crossing, prowess at set pieces and unmatched enthusiasm all making him a fan favourite.
Ronaldo replaced Beckham at United in 2003, joining after he’d terrorised the club in pre-season friendly for Sporting Lisbon.
It took the Portugal international some time to adjust to life in England but, after the 2006 World Cup, he returned a player transformed.
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Ronaldo won three league titles on the spin and also fired the club to the Champions League title in 2008, scoring as Chelsea were beaten on a rainy night in Moscow.
And while Sancho won’t necessarily get the No 7 shirt the pair wore, Solskjaer is still backing him to follow in their footsteps.
The Dortmund star carries huge promise and potential, something the Red Devils will be looking to coax once the move is officially finalised.
Meanwhile, Sancho has played just six minutes for England at Euro 2020.
And former Germany boss Jurgen Klinsmann, speaking ahead of the two teams’ match on Tuesday night, thinks people within his homeland are worried about the forward.
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“Everyone in Germany is surprised Jadon Sancho has not had more game-time for England at Euro 2020 – but they don’t want to see that change on Tuesday,” he wrote for BBC Sport.
“Sancho is huge in Germany because of what he has done with Borussia Dortmund, and is seen as a big star in the Bundesliga – he is only 21 but he has been spectacular for the past few seasons.
“Another young England player at Dortmund, Jude Bellingham, is rated very highly too, but he is a different kind of player.
“It is Sancho that Germany would fear at Wembley – if he plays. They know how good he is.
“What makes him such a special talent is his technical capability at a very fast pace, and he is fearless – he just goes at people. I love watching him because, when he gets the ball, he excites the fans.
“Of course people who watch him for Dortmund expected him to get more of a chance at this tournament – he has had only six minutes of action so far, as a substitute against the Czech Republic – but the same discussion you are having about fitting England’s young talent in your team, we are having about Germany’s emerging players too.
“We have Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sane, Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and Jamal Musiala but, like England manager Gareth Southgate, Joachim Low has the choice of five or six players but only maybe three roles to give away since he brought back Thomas Muller, who is a fixture in that team.
“The interesting thing about all of these youngsters is their power to surprise – they have so much ability and can decide a game at any given time, but they can also be inconsistent.
“So, do you go with exciting young faces, or the tried and tested ones? Both managers have got some very similar decisions to make.”
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