When Borussia Dortmund plays Manchester United on Monday at the Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas (kick-off: 3 am CEST/6 pm Sunday local time), they will be reunited with Jadon Sancho.
After joining Dortmund from Manchester City in 2017, Sancho quickly became a fan favorite, scoring 50 goals and assisting 64 times in all competitions on his path to winning the DFL Supercup in 2019 and the DFB Pokal in 2021 before departing for Old Trafford. \
Since then, Die Schwarzgelben have remained a powerful attacking force – only champions Bayern Munich scored surpassing them last season (92 vs. 83), and they have been among the goals in pre-season, most recently defeating San Diego Loyal 6-0. Youssoufa Moukoko and Julien Duranville both scored on Friday but might be rested in favor of Sebastien Haller and Donyell Malen in Edin Terzic’s favored front three. Marcel Sabitzer, who recently joined Dortmund on loan from Bayern Munich, might make his unofficial debut. Emre Can, who took over as captain from Marco Reus, will lead the squad.
Dortmund finished second in the Bundesliga last season, while Manchester United finished third in the Premier League under Erik ten Hag. Sabitzer contributed to that finish with 11 matches, seven of which were starts, although his spot in their midfield has now been formally taken by Mason Mount, who arrived from Chelsea. After defeating Lyon and Arsenal in the preseason, the Red Devils have now lost to Ryan Reynolds’ Wrexham and Real Madrid. Sancho only played the final half-hour against Real Madrid, but he might make a comeback here.
- Dortmund has won all four of its preseason matches this summer, totaling 18-3.
- With four goals, former captain Reus has been their most prolific scorer.
- With nine goals and eight assists from midfield last season, Julian Brandt was Dortmund’s most effective offensive outlet.
- Sancho scored 38 goals and has 51 assists in four seasons at Dortmund before joining Manchester United in 2021.
- Sabitzer, a new Dortmund addition, spent the second part of last season on loan at Manchester United from Bayern Munich.
- In the 1996/97 UEFA Champions League semi-finals, Dortmund beat United 1-0 at home and away. They haven’t played a competitive match since.
Man Utd: Onana – Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Garnacho – Rashford, Shaw – Mount, Martinez, Casemiro – Sancho, Fernandes (c)
Out: Diallo (ankle), Greenwood (suspended), Martial (hamstring), Henderson (thigh), Mainoo (ankle)
Doubtful: Malacia (muscular)
Coach: Erik ten Hag
Dortmund: Kobel – Ryerson, Süle, Haller, Adeyemi, Hummels, Bensebaini – Reus, Can (c), Brandt – Malen
Out: Coulibaly (not included), Bynoe-Gittens (shoulder), Schlotterbeck (knee), Morey (muscular)
Doubtful: Duranville (hamstring), Reyna (leg)
Coach: Edin Terzic