11 August 2020 20:34
A Man Utd star has come up short in a pundit's comparison to his Liverpool counterpart despite enjoying a stellar season this year. Both Liverpool and Man Utd enjoyed successful seasons given their aims and objectives prior to the campaign. Liverpool secured their maiden Premier League title, while Man Utd improved immeasurably under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The Red Devils remain in the hunt for the Europa League, and stormed up the Premier League table to secure a top four spot after a superb run of form post-Christmas. A key part of that run was their defensive solidity, with new signing Aaron Wan-Bissaka enjoying a faultless campaign.
But despite his defensive prowess, the 22-year=old has come in for criticism at times regarding his lack of attacking threat. The former Eagle did notch four assists in all competitions, but that figure fell way short of the marks set by Liverpool full-backs Trent Alexander-Arnold (14) and Andy Robertson (12). Now, talkSPORT pundit Tony Cascarino has echoed previous criticisms, and claimed Wan-Bissaka simply "has to" improve offensively. "Aaron Wan-Bissaka is a fantastic one-on-one defender, Cascarino told The Times. "I've seen him keep Son Heung-min quiet, outmanoeuvre Sadio Mane and give Raheem Sterling a very tough time.
The Red Devils' quest to sign 20-year-old superstar Sancho appears to have been derailed. Borussia Dortmund's technical director dropped the bombshell, with Man Utd pinpointing who is responsible for the breakdown in negotiations. With the move looking increasingly difficult to pull off, speculation regarding who could be targetted instead has begun to swirl. Read the full story here. MANCHESTER UNITED's chase for Jadon Sancho is STILL on, but they have been left frustrated with the star's wage demands.
And the Red Devils are reportedly preparing Bayern Munich's Kingsley Coman as a backup option should Borussia Dortmund not budge on their £108m asking price. Follow all the latest transfer updates and gossip from Old Trafford below... Borussia Dortmund are adamant that Manchester United target Jadon Sancho will not be leaving the club this summer. United failed to agree a deal for the England international before the August 10 deadline Dortmund set, and as far as the Bundesliga club's sporting director Michael Zorc is concerned: that is that. Getty Images 2 Zorc says Sancho will not be sold this summer "We plan on having Jadon Sancho in our team this season, the decision is final. I think that answers all our questions," he said in a press conference on Monday. "Last summer we adjusted the salary to the performance development of Jadon. In this context, we have extended the contract until 2023." You get a real sense of deja vu when you start thinking about the current Sancho situation. This is not the first time Zorc has come out publicly and said one of Dortmund's star players is not for sale amid interest from a European giant. The same happened in the summer of 2017 when Barcelona were pushing hard to sign Ousmane Dembele. Getty Images 2 Zorc said the same thing about Dembele three years ago, yet he still joined Barcelona Following a stunning maiden campaign at the Westfalenstadion, the then 20-year-old forward was attracting interest from Barca, and also Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain. When asked if Demebele would be sold in July 2017, Zorc told Die Welt: "No way. What we've seen [from him] was extraordinary, both in his value for the team and his development. "You always get the feeling he can do something special, make the difference. He can decide games by himself, even those games he's not really involved in." A month earlier, Zorc was also quoted as saying: "Ousmane Dembele has a long-term contract [until 2021] and we are making definite plans with him. MOST READ IN FOOTBALL NEWS Hojbjerg joins Spurs, Man United's Sancho alternatives, Havertz agrees Chelsea deal goss Arsenal news: Willian medical expected, Partey updates, Lacazette wanted by Juventus nifty Traore's brilliant run against Sevilla proves he's putting that baby oil to great use GOSS Liverpool transfer news live: Race for wonderkid, Thiago latest, Chelsea ace linked goss Chelsea transfer news live: Willian to Arsenal, Havertz 'signing', CB targets named goss Man United transfer news live: Barca ace wanted, Costa linked, Inter chasing defender the Italian job 36-goal striker who outscored Messi and Ronaldo reveals Newcastle approach down League Two relegation takes dramatic twist with Macclesfield handed points deduction "There are no negotiations [with Barca]. Ousmane is going to be playing for Dortmund in the coming season." But despite all this talk, Dembele did leave BVB. On August 28, 2017 the France international joined Barcelona in a mega-money deal worth £135.5m. Barca stumped up the cash to get their top target, and they inserted a mouthwatering release clause of £369.6m into Dembele's Camp Nou contract! Ally McCoist says Man United breaking the British transfer record for Jadon Sancho is worth it The lesson to learn from this? Action speak louder than words. Dortmund chiefs may be insisting Sancho will be with them next season, but history shows that if United match BVB's £108m asking price, there is nothing to suggest the deal will not go through. Manchester United's pursuit of Sancho is set to rumble on, and don't be surprised if this one drags all the way to deadline day in October. Manchester United should "move on" from Jadon Sancho if Borussia Dortmund are demanding too much money for the winger, according to former England boss Sam Allardyce. Sancho is United's top transfer target for the summer window. However, Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc stated on Monday that the 20-year-old would remain with the Bundesliga club next season. Man Utd will wait 'a couple of weeks' before completing first transfer United, as of yet, have not been willing to match Dortmund's asking price of £108million for the England star. Allardyce believes Dortmund are playing a game, hoping United will give in and pay what they are demanding. However, he says United are not desperate to sign a winger and should instead look to buy a striker rather than over-spending on Sancho. "We're just waiting for Manchester United to offer a fee they can't turn down," Allardyce told talkSPORT. JUST IN: Chelsea tipped to complete third summer signing to strengthen 'weak midfield'