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After joining Dortmund from Manchester City in 2017, Sancho won the DFL Supercup in 2019 and DFB Pokal in 2021 before leaving for Old Trafford.
Die Schwarzgelben have continued to score in pre-season, most recently thrashing San Diego Loyal 6-0. Last season,
only Bayern Munich scored more (92 vs. 83). Youssoufa Moukoko and Julien Duranville scored on Friday,
but Edin Terzic's preferred front three of Sebastien Haller and Donyell Malen might rest them. Marcel Sabitzer,
who joined Dortmund from Bayern on loan from United, might make his unofficial debut. Marco Reus gave Emre Can the captaincy.
United finished third in the Premier League under Erik ten Hag last season, while Dortmund finished second in the Bundesliga. Sabitzer played 11 times, starting seven,
but Mason Mount, who signed from Chelsea, has taken his spot in the midfield. The Red Devils lost to Ryan Reynolds-owned Wrexham
and Real Madrid after beating Lyon and Arsenal in pre-season. Sancho played the final half-hour against Real but might start here.
Last season, Julian Brandt's nine goals and eight assists from midfield led Dortmund's attack.
Sancho scored 38 goals and 51 assists in four seasons with Dortmund before joining Man Utd in 2021.
In the 1996/97 UEFA Champions League semi-finals, Dortmund defeated United 1-0 at home and away. They haven't competed since.
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