Jadon Sancho has been urged to snub Manchester United
England winger Jadon Sancho has been urged to say no to Manchester United, if the club tried to sign him from Borussia Dortmund.
Sancho is expected to leave Dortmund before too long after emerging as one of the most promising talents in the world.
The 19-year-old has only been in the Bundesliga for two years since leaving Manchester City in 2017.
The winger has scored three times in seven league games so far this campaign, and was included in England’s squad to face the Czech Republic and Bulgaria.
Recently, Dortmund assistant manager Jorg Heinrich admitted Sancho is likely to leave before too long, as it “won’t be easy to keep him”.
United were heavily linked with a move for him in the summer, and have been backed to make another move next summer.
But Ian Darke believes that after United’s poor start to the season – having dropped to 12th in the league – the youngster would be better off moving elsewhere.
“[From Dortmund] to Manchester United? No, he’d be talking a step down,” he said on ESPN FC.
Jadon Sancho has been in good form for Dortmund this season
“Let’s be blunt about it, this is a team in the bottom half of the table.
“This is Manchester United, and they’ve still got the gloss and the glamour that sticks to the name, just about.
“Imagine how Manchester City would feel if the guy who was a kid in their academy went down the road to Manchester United?
“I know Manchester United would be interested, but the queue would be halfway around Europe for this youngster.”
Darke explained he believes Sancho will leave, and that he is the ideal target for United, but urged him to snub Old Trafford.
“The word is that Borussia Dortmund are kind of accepting that he’ll be going sooner rather than later, so maybe, just maybe, that could happen in January,” he continued.
“I just think if it were to be Manchester United, they’d have to offer a massive amount of money and a huge pay hike.
“Maybe they’re in a position with their financial situation to do just that, and they’re in a crisis. They need someone like him.
“[I would advise him] probably to say no [to United].”