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Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho show Manchester United should avoid loan transfer mistake

Manchester Evening News logo Manchester Evening News 18/01/2022 Casey Evans

Manchester United missed out on the chance to sign Jude Bellingham from Birmingham City in 2020 as the midfielder was blinded by the 'bright lights' of Borussia Dortmund.

The 'bright lights' in question were a strong structured club, a guaranteed starting spot and a long line of young stars such as Erling Haaland, Jadon Sancho, Giovanni Reyna and Ousmane Dembele, who had all made a name for themselves at the German club.

That is why Bellingham chose Dortmund over United, as at 16-years-old, he believed it was the move that would best suit his development. After looking at his stratospheric rise to prominence in world football, it seems he made the right call.

Haaland, Bellingham, and Sancho, who joined United this summer, are the poster boys for Dortmund of developing young players into world-class talent. They are probably the first names they bring up when trying to lure young players the best prospects to the Signal Iduna Park.

That is why United need to be wary about any loan deal to the German club involving Amad.

Sky Germany have reported that while a loan to the Championship seems more likely for the Ivorian winger, Dortmund have registered an interest in taking him on loan for the rest of the season.

Some Manchester United fans believe that Amad could offer the dynamism the teams needs going forward instead of going on loan © (Photo by Richard Callis/Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images) Some Manchester United fans believe that Amad could offer the dynamism the teams needs going forward instead of going on loan

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While his minutes at United have been fleeting, he has impressed the fans in his limited appearances. His goal against AC Milan in the Europa League last season showed incredible technical ability and dynamic movement.

In fact, with United failing to make an impact in the wide areas and struggling to put up strong performances despite the improved results under Ralf Rangnick, some fans are wondering why Amad is not being given more of a chance.

The upside of loaning him to Dortmund would be that they have a track record of developing several highly effective wingers, but the potential downside is much more worrying.

If you're giving a talent of that level to Dortmund, you can probably guess that they'll do everything in their power to make sure that he doesn't come back to Old Trafford.

A team that is looking to find the long term heir to Marco Reus that has focused on young signings for the past five years isn't looking to loan Amad and develop him for another team out of the goodness of their heart.

If United can play it right with his loan, he'll gain consistent experience at one of the highest levels, but if they play it wrong, they could have one of the most promising young talents at the club pushing to move away.

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