Denis Irwin explains which ‘big signing’ will excite Manchester United fans – Manchester Evening News

Former Manchester United defender Denis Irwin is expecting big things from Jadon Sancho this season.

The Red Devils parted with £73 million to bring the England international winger to Old Trafford this summer after a prolonged period of interest.

Sancho is expected to fill the right wing berth for United, which has been a problem position for them in recent years. Irwin said he’s expecting the new acquisition to shine.

“Sancho is a big signing for us,” the former full-back told the Daily Star. “Looking at how many goals and assists he’s got in the Bundesliga is exciting. Dietmar Hamann has said some really good words about him, so I’m really looking forward to seeing him play. It’s really good business getting him.”

Sancho is rated as one of European football’s most exciting young attackers and it’ll be fascinating to see if he can translate his blistering performances in the Bundesliga into the Premier League.

At United, the 21-year-old will join a stable of high-class attacking options. Irwin said there’s going to be fierce competition in the final third as a result.

“There’s plenty of competition in there; [Edinson] Cavani I suppose is the centre forward at the moment and Mason [Greenwood] will want to play centrally a bit more.

“It’s a big year for Mason, he burst on the scene a couple of years ago and had a bit of a slow-burner last year, but he finished the season really, really well. I think a lot of people are excited to see more of him, and he’s still very, very young.

“We’ve got an exciting young attacking team with some good experience too. You throw Sancho into the mix as well as Dan James. They’ll be a year older, a year wiser and I’m looking forward to that link-up play.”

Irwin spent 12 years at United between 1990 and 2002, helping the club become a dominant force in the Premier League.

The full-back won the league seven times under the tutelage of legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson and was a crucial part of the club’s iconic treble success in 1999, when they added the FA Cup and the Champions League to the domestic title.

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