Opinion: Sancho is the X-factor that Man Utd miss

Editor’s note: The opinions in this article are the author’s, as published by our content partner, and do not represent the views of MSN or Microsoft. The Red Devils are desperate to bring Sancho back to England and have been working on a deal for months, hoping it would be completed this summer. There have been reports that the club are now hesitant in finalising that deal in the current financial climate as Dortmund seek in excess of £100million. Speaking last month, United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward warned that big-money transfers 'ignore the realities that face the sport'. While that is true, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already spoken about how the club can 'exploit' the mayhem caused by coronavirus to secure their summer transfer targets. If the Norwegian does wish to restore United towards the top of English football then his employers would be wise to 'exploit' the market in landing Sancho. Before the campaign was curtailed due to Covid-19, United languished a mammoth 37 points behind runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool after 29 games. Against the 'bigger' sides, United have held their own - doing the double over Manchester City and Chelsea this season, beating Tottenham and taking points from Liverpool and Arsenal. January's woeful 2-0 home defeat by Burnley was a microcosm of that, while the tepid 0-0 draw with Wolves on February 1 was another example of their inability to break down a resolute defence. The skill, poise and end product of X-factor Sancho would prove another weapon in United's armoury when they're faced against this prospect. The only width has come from the full backs in the shape of ex-players Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young, both former wingers converted, or more recently Aaron Wan-Bissaka or Diogo Dalot. Marcus Rashford has excelled from the left-wing this season, while Anthony Martial and Daniel James are both fond of that role too. A potential front free of Sancho, Martial and Rashford would whet the appetite of all United fans and club legend Rio Ferdinand believes it'd be 'over' for opposition teams. Gary Neville, another United great, is optimistic about the club in upcoming transfers windows in light of the coronavirus pandemic. 'United have found it hard to keep prices and wages down but they will be in a really strong position to hold their nerve this summer,' he told Sky Sports on Friday.