If it came to a choice I’d opt for Jadon Sancho ahead of Jack Grealish when United splash the cash this summer.

We have got some excellent forward players in Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood but as far as I’m concerned, if a player of Sancho’s game-changing ability is available he should be signed.

Remember that during arguably our greatest ever season – the 1999 treble – we had FOUR top notch strikers namely Andy Cole, Teddy Sheringham, Dwight Yorke together with current boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer vying for a starting place.

It was interesting to see how Sancho and his former team mate Phil Foden opted for different routes to the top, when they were the stars of City’s academy.

Sancho went to learn his trade at Dortmund, who are set to cash in to the tune of possibly £100m with United leading the chase. The Reds are 1/4 favourites at Betfred to sign the tricky front man with Liverpool and Chelsea both 12/1 while three of Europe’s biggest clubs in Barcelona, Juventus and Real Madrid are all 16/1 shots.

Foden, of course, decided to stay here in Manchester and all indications are, he’s considered a shoe in in place of the now-departed David Silva. The outcome for both Foden and Sancho is highly likely to be the same – regulars for two of the greatest clubs in the world and team mates for years to come for England.

Regarding Aston Villa’s talisman Grealish, Betfred have United 5/4 favourites to sign him in the current window with Arsenal 7/2, Spurs 6/1 and City 10/1.

We have plenty of midfield options, particularly if record signing Paul Pogba stays, and the bottom line is, it’s match-winning strikers with goals in their veins who are going to get United back up there challenging Liverpool and City for the Premier League title next season.

United might have finished third but you only need to look at the benches of both Liverpool and City to realise how our squad lacks depth. When Pep Guardiola makes his substitutions for instance, the City team often improves but you can rarely say that about United.

There may need to be a mini clear-out at Old Trafford but the fact is, that Solskjaer has proven his doubters wrong by making the job his own and it is right that the board back his judgement for his record in the transfer market is simply superb.

Finally, I was delighted to take part in the draw for the Betfred World Snooker Championships that get underway at Sheffield’s iconic Crucible tomorrow morning.

The competition has been chosen by the Government experts to test the crowd protocols for an indoor event as we do our utmost to return to normality following lockdown.

I know everything is in place to ensure the players and spectators are safe at the sporting “pilot” which a few months ago many of us thought was odds on to be cancelled.

Reigning champ Judd Trump is favourite at an enhanced 7/2 with Betfred to beat the Crucible Curse and achieve back to back triumphs in snooker’s biggest and most prestigious competition.

 

Whenever you bet, Betfred

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