Man Utd: Jadon Sancho in profile
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Manchester United are reportedly primed to welcome Jadon Sancho to their Carrington training complex today. The England international was crushed on Sunday night after missing a penalty for his country in their Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy. But the Red Devils are now primed to give him his medical before letting him jet off for his holidays.
Manchester United announced they’d agreed a deal for Sancho at the end of last month.
And, now, the Daily Mail say the 21-year-old is expected at Carrington today for his medical.
United are delighted with their deal for Sancho, believing he can help propel them to a first Premier League title since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013.
At the time the agreement was announced, some reports surfaced claiming the forward would be given the No 7 shirt.
Made famous by the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, David Beckham, Eric Cantona and George best, it’s certainly a jersey that would suit Sancho.
However, as thing stand, it’s currently worn by Edinson Cavani.
Express Sport were told that United were yet to decide on a number for Sancho and history suggests an announcement on his number may not be too far away.
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Soon, the Red Devils are primed to unveil their new home kit.
That gives them a chance to put Sancho at the forefront of their campaign, giving fans the chance to secure the shirt with the player himself splashed across the back.
United will want the shirts to sell quickly, as they typically tend to do.
And that means they could announce Sancho’s number imminently, although it’s also possible they’ll choose to hold fire.
United have previously waited until the start of the Premier League season when confirming squad numbers for new recruits.
So it’s also possible they’ll choose to hold fire to add to the hype and excitement over the deal, keeping fans in limbo in the process.
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It seems unlikely Cavani will give up the No 7 shirt easily, especially given the Red Devils’ need to keep the Uruguay international happy.
Solskjaer confirmed Cavani demanded the shirt upon touching down on a free transfer from PSG 12 months ago, meaning it’s special in the eyes of the veteran.
And given how he was ready to leave in March, United won’t want to risk rocking the boat.
Meanwhile, Sancho was racially abused by some fans on social media after his missed penalty for England in the Euro 2020 final.
The vile individuals also did the same to Bukayo Saka and Marcus Rashford, who also fluffed their lines.
And Gareth Southgate reacted on Monday, slamming those responsible and insisting he should shoulder the blame for the penalty debacle instead.
“It’s just not what we stand for,” said Southgate.
“We have been a beacon of light in bringing people together, in people being able to relate to the national team, and the national team stands for everybody and so that togetherness has to continue.
“We have shown the power our country has when it does come together and has that energy and positivity together.
“It’s my decision who takes the penalties, it’s not a case of players not volunteering or more experienced players backing out.”
The FA also insisted anybody responsible is not welcome in football.
“We could not be clearer that anyone behind such disgusting behaviour is not welcome in following the team,” they said.
“We will do all we can to support the players affected while urging the toughest punishments possible for anyone responsible.
“We will continue to do everything we can to stamp discrimination out of the game, but we implore government to act quickly and bring in the appropriate legislation so this abuse has real life consequences.
“Social media companies need to step up and take accountability and action to ban abusers from their platforms, gather evidence that can lead to prosecution and support making their platforms free from this type of abhorrent abuse.”
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