Man Utd chief Richard Arnold’s interest comments as Jadon Sancho goes down to wire

Manchester United could yet move for Jadon Sancho. And Richard Arnold’s interest comments back in February, shortly after the arrival of Odion Ighalo, will offer transfer hope to the club’s supporters. He’s definitely needed at Old Trafford, especially with the club battered by Tottenham on Sunday night.

Manchester United have finally taken transfer action.

Donny van de Beek has been their sole arrival up until now but, late in the day, Edinson Cavani and Alex Telles are poised to arrive.

For United fans, however, that isn’t good enough. The club have been repeatedly linked with Sancho throughout the summer and, for them, it’s him or bust.

It looks unlikely. With the transfer deadline just over 24 hours away at the current time of writing, it certainly doesn’t seem logical that the 20-year-old will make the move to the Theatre of Dreams.

But Arnold’s comments will offer hope.

Back in February, shortly after United’s signed Ighalo, the Red Devils supremo boasted of how the Ighalo deal generated more social media excitement than anything that day.

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“Shortly after we concluded the loan signing of Odion Ighalo, he was the top trend worldwide on Twitter,” he bragged.

Arnold pointed out that it was more than Donald Trump and Brexit, the big talking points in the world at the time. There was no coronavirus lockdown.

But if that’s how United think behind the scenes – and that does appear to be their mindset, focused on the business side of the game rather than the sporting elements – then a move for Sancho late in the day would make sense.

Think of the hype. Fans would be buzzing, talking about the deal on all social media channels.

Players themselves would send out messages that would be retweeted, liked and favourited by fans eager to see the club improve.

And Sancho, most obviously, would see United’s attack scale new heights. The prospect of him playing alongside Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood would be mouthwatering.

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It would also convince fans to spend their money on tickets when the day comes that they’re allowed back into stadiums. They, definitely, are missed.

Arnold’s comments suggest that United aren’t entirely out of the race for Sancho. If they make a move, a serious play, then things could work out.

It would give them a lift, something they sorely need. And what ultimately happens remains to be seen.

Meanwhile, speaking before the game, United legend Patrice Evra hit out at the club for their transfer strategy – and lack of it.

“We don’t need to buy five, seven, ten players, but at least [get] your main target,” Evra said.

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“The main target was Sancho, and it was embarrassing. We don’t even get him. If we start using the coronavirus as an excuse…”

Evra also hit out at United for their lack of leaders, saying: “No, I’ll be honest. Even the captain Maguire, how many years has he been in Manchester? Just one. He is the captain, it shows you that this club has no leader to win trophies.

“We are talking a lot about transfers when we talk about United now, it’s about transfers, not about the football.

“But of course, like I say, if we send lawyers to buy players. We won’t get any players. We don’t send football people, it’s a disappointment.

“Even with the agent talk, Donny van de Beek, the kid didn’t even start one game and he’s saying, ‘United should have conceded seven goals against Brighton’.”

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