Sancho, 20, has remained tight-lipped about his future while Dortmund chiefs have insisted he will spend this season in Germany.
United are not giving up on their chase to land Jadon Sancho Credit: Getty Images – Getty
United had put all their efforts into landing Sancho this summer with an offer of £70million up front rising to £110m.
Personal wage demands had been sorted and the player was ready to make the move back to Manchester where he started his career at The Etihad with City.
But the Bundesliga side wanted more money up front and United were not prepared to pay it.
Now the only way a deal will go through is if Sancho pushes for it.
Otherwise United and Dortmund want him to make a statement about his future.
United have since turned their attentions to Donny van de Beek who is signing this week in a £40m move from Ajax.
They are also close to signing a centre-half and looking at a left-back.
While they want Sancho they know they have a strong front four of Bruno Fernandes in behind Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.
The club still has trust in former Swansea winger Daniel James coming good as well while striker Odion Ighalo remains on loan at the club until the New Year.
Still manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to boost his squad still further with the increased demands of the Champions League on top of a determined challenge for the title.