STUBBORN Manchester United should stop wasting everyone’s time and just stump up the cash to sign Jadon Sancho.
The latest development, after weeks of constant negotiating, has put the Red Devils back to square one yet again.
They’ve had an initial £70million bid rejected for the superstar with the prospect of paying an extra £40m in incentives.
But Dortmund want more upfront and judging by tonight’s performance they should be expecting a call first thing tomorrow.
That is because the Red Devils desperately struggled to break down a side who were 100/1 shots to win the Europa League before kick-off.
Yes, they had their opportunities including an offside goal ruled out and rattled the woodwork on three occasions before eventually breaking the deadlock from the spot in extra-time.
But it is far from good enough if they want to compete at the highest level in the Champions League next season.
Despite Anthony Martial’s best-scoring season with 23 in all competitions, he doesn’t have the consistency to produce the goods week-in-week-out.
Wonderkid Mason Greenwood, who undoubtedly has the potential to be better than Sancho, will be one of the first names on the team-sheet next season.
And Marcus Rashford is another who is too good for the bench which poses the question as to who would miss out if and when Sancho does sign on the dotted line.
Although that is a conundrum for Solskjaer to worry about at a later date because the truth is, his three amigos in attack are obviously run into the ground.
It is no surprise considering this was United’s 60th game of the season.
They all play with blistering pace and bags of energy and require constant rotation to get the best out of them.
When one gets injured, they don’t have the required quality on the bench to change the game.
That was obvious tonight when Solskjaer took 90 minutes to make an attacking substitution in a bid to open the scoring – bringing on veteran Juan Mata.
He can’t expect the front three to fire the club to glory and Sancho’s arrival will also give them all the encouragement to raise their games.
That’s exactly what happened to Martial with Greenwood’s emergence this season.
Sancho is worth every penny that Dortmund are asking for after another sensational season.
He has scored 17 and assisted 16 in the league on the back of 26 goal contributions last campaign.
A remarkable tally for a man who isn’t even 21 years of age.
United tried to play hardball with Harry Maguire and ended up caving in and paying a world record fee for the centre back.
This will inevitably end in the same way when Ed Woodward eventually pulls his finger out of his backside.
The quality of Sancho’s ilk is likely to be the difference in Europe’s elite competition especially with their ropey defence.
Maguire, the world’s most expensive defender, doesn’t have the pace to deal with Europe’s paciest strike forces.
It is no doubt that the back four who played tonight will leak goals in the Premier League and Champions League.
Eric Bailly has that potential but doesn’t have the fitness having had a career hampered by injuries.
Victor Lindelof simply doesn’t have the quality to play on the highest stage of all.
Pep Guardiola quickly addressed the issue in his Manchester City defence by spending £41m on Nathan Ake from Bournemouth.
Despite all the criticism in the noisy neighbour’s defence this season, they still conceded one less goal than United in the league.
Sancho’s arrival is likely to blow their transfer budget so Solskjaer will need to set his team up to outscore his opponents or face a tough season.
A £110m investment on a player who could become a regular for at least ten years could prove to be a bargain.