Three things that will definitely happen to Jadon Sancho if Thomas Tuchel becomes Man United boss

Jadon Sancho has three goals in 18 matches for Borussia Dortmund
Jadon Sancho has three goals in 18 matches for Borussia Dortmund -Credit:Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Jadon Sancho is making a striking case to return to Manchester United, despite his falling out with Erik ten Hag.

There is no doubt that, unless an unlikely apology comes forth, that the winger would only remain on club books if Ten Hag exits. Thomas Tuchel is among the rumoured names to be linked with potentially succeeding the Dutchman ahead of his Bayern Munich exit.

The 50-year-old has recently underlined how much he enjoyed working in England at Chelsea, whom he left in 2022 amid disagreement with owner Todd Boehly. An underwhelming domestic season with Bayern has been partially soothed by the club’s Champions League campaign.

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He is a manager that would surely pique the interests of Sancho if appointed by Sir Jim Ratcliffe, who is not totally sold by Ten Hag as his long-term first-team boss. Three things are sure to happen if this does come to pass.

Ratcliffe’s reckoning

The first barrier to cross is Ratcliffe’s, or perhaps more aptly Dan Ashworth’s, verdict on Sancho’s future at Old Trafford. The hope is that a solution can be met with Newcastle for their sporting director with United unwilling to pay £20m in compensation.

If either Ratcliffe or Ashworth deems the summer a chance to get money back on the £73m man, then whatever Tuchel wishes becomes irrelevant. But the reality is that such a decision would be a joint call from all parties.

United have other sellable assets that can help with Premier League spending limits, and Sancho is a player that need not be sold unless the situation offers no other outcome, one of those being if the player himself wishes to leave.

Big bids

An exit for Sancho is possible, even if Ten Hag does leave. Borussia Dortmund clearly offers the right environment for him to thrive and club chief Sebastian Kehl has indicated a summer bid may be lined up.

The Yellows won’t be the only club interested in the 24-year-old with the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus looking for big-name arrivals. There could be a scenario whereby a bid is tabled that is too good to resist for both player and club, albeit this is less than likely.

Sancho still has two years left on his United contract and given his age would still be able to command a decent fee. One place he is unlikely to end up is Saudi Arabia, having turned down an approach mid-season.

Talks with Tuchel

A main factor in Sancho staying will be what game-time assurances he is given - after all, his exclusion from the squad earlier this season was what sparked his rift with Ten Hag in the first place.

Tuchel must decide whether he wishes to keep Sancho, which he could do given his performances seen in the Bundesliga. Then, he must convince Sancho that United is still the best place for him, under a new hierarchy and manager.

Despite his historical grievances with the board at Chelsea, PSG and Bayern, Tuchel has been a popular figure with players and there is every chance he could get Sancho on side. But first, if Tuchel wants the United job, he himself must convince Ratcliffe he is the right man to succeed Ten Hag given his past rapports.