• Manchester United might not consider pursuing Jadon Sancho next transfer window, a report suggests
  • The Red Devils reportedly identified Mason Greenwood as the player to take on the role designated for Sancho
  • Greenwood addressed his performance this season

Manchester United may have found a perfect alternative for Jadon Sancho in its own squad.

It has been publicly known for quite some time that Manchester United has been keeping tabs on Sancho despite failing to lure the Borussia Dortmund star last summer. However, the Red Devils’ stance on the matter seems to have changed as the club is now considering relying on Mason Greenwood, a young striker honed by the club’s famed academy, The Athletic reported.

According to the report, due to United’s confidence in Greenwood, the club could finally end its long courtship with Sancho despite Dortmund’s decision to lower the forward’s price tag. Hence, Sancho’s services may no longer be needed as “it is not a situation United are currently understood to be developing” at this point, per the report.

Though it’s a bit too early to conclude, it appears that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side is taking quite a risk in handing Greenwood such a big responsibility in the attacking department as the youngster has not been performing well this season.

This season, Greenwood has only managed to score one Premier League goal, a significantly low figure compared to his 10 last season. Sancho, meanwhile, seems to have maintained his fine form in Bundesliga with six goals and nine assists so far.

Jadon Sancho of Borussia Dortmund
Jadon Sancho of Borussia Dortmund Getty Images | Alex Gottschalk/DeFodi Images

Addressing his drastic drop in numbers, Greenwood admitted that he is aware of it. According to the 19-year-old, this season has been tougher, but he remains confident that he is “getting closer” to returning to his impressive form.

“I feel I am getting closer to my levels last season,” Greenwood recently said of his performance in a press conference. “Hopefully I can get back to the standards of last season. I don’t mind, I can play anywhere across the front three. For me it is just about adapting. I don’t really mind, I will take it as it comes.”

“It is something – it’s a challenge. First season not many know you, second season they catch up on you,” he explained. “You need tricks up your sleeve.”

Manchester United boss Solskjaer, meanwhile, is delighted to have some of the best strikers in the league on his squad. For the Norwegian, having guys like Edinson Cavani and Marcus Rashford would be essential for Greenwood’s development.

“He's improved and matured immensely, and he's working with some of the top forwards in the country, of course,” Solskjaer told United’s official website of Greenwood. “He’s learning off them, and it's exciting to see that he's come over his blip and is playing really well.”