Borussia Dortmund manager Lucien Favre believes that Jadon Sancho 's form may have been affected by Manchester United 's failed pursuit of the player.
The Red Devils were said to have identified the English winger as a top target in the summer but failed to successfully negotiate terms with Dortmund for his services during the transfer window.
The Bundesliga outfit were holding out for a fee of around £108 million, which United could not match.
Sancho is yet to score in four top-flight appearances this season and Favre has suggested that being at the centre of such speculation may have influenced his lukewarm start.
"Every player has weaker phases," he said.
"There was a lot of talk about Jadon in the summer, something like that can also have an influence.
"But no player is in top form for a whole year, that’s impossible. You have to accept that."
Sancho has established himself as one of the game's best young talents since joining Dortmund from Manchester City three years ago.
He has already played over 100 matches for the club, scoring 35 times and averaging an assist every 2.2 games.
United turned their attention to other targets as it became apparent a deal for the 20-year-old would not be possible, eventually signing veteran striker Edinson Cavani from Paris Saint-Germain.
The Uruguayan made his debut during Saturday's goalless draw at Chelsea and came close to opening the scoring with his first touch.
United return to UEFA Champions League action on Wednesday night as they welcome RB Leipzig to Old Trafford, before a crunch clash with Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday.
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