Man Utd’s transfer reluctance after "desperate" pursuit now beginning to pay off

Manchester United’s reluctance to pay out for Jadon Sancho is beginning to pay off, with Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes now one of the deadliest attacking duos in Europe.

United spent much of last summer’s transfer window being linked with a move for Sancho, though that failed to come to fruition.

The Red Devils were criticised for not signing the England winger, who has become a key player for Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga.

Though Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was keen to add Sancho to his squad to solve his problem position on the right, the United hierarchy opted not to make a move.

Dortmund’s CEO has since claimed United ‘misjudged’ the situation last summer, with the German club holding out for Sancho’s release clause of £107million.

That proved to be too much for United to consider spending, with a secondary target for Sancho not considered.

Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville blasted the drawn-out pursuit of Sancho and criticised United's tactics when it came to transfers.

“It's just a thing with United that every time they go for a player in the last four, five, six years it feels they are a little bit desperate,” he said last summer.

“They think they can hang on but they always pay it (the asking fee) in the end. That's sometimes where I think you can take control, give a hard deadline and say 'we're moving away from this deal'.”

United’s decision not pay out for Sancho and add to Solskjaer’s options out wide has, though, proved to be the correct one.

That is because Fernandes and Rashford have enjoyed remarkable seasons for the Red Devils, and are now the second deadliest duo in the top five European leagues.

The Portuguese midfielder and the English attacker have combined for an astonishing 37 goals in the Premier League and Europa League this season.

That places them behind only Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller, who have scored a combined 40 goals for Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga and Champions League.

As even more proof that the decision to not sign Sancho was correct, the English winger’s partnership with Erling Haaland has yielded five fewer goals than United’s deadly duo.

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