Manchester United see Newcastle United midfielder as transfer window 'fall-back option'

Manchester United regard Sean Longstaff as a “fall-back option”.

Tuesday, 18th June 2019, 3:45 pm
Updated Wednesday, 19th June 2019, 4:24 pm
Chelsea's Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard (2nd L) vies with Newcastle United's English midfielder Sean Longstaff (2nd R) during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge in London on January 12, 2019.

Reports in the national press over the last few days have suggested Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is set to start the bidding for the Newcastle 21-year-old, with bids between £18million and £25million mooted.

But the Manchester Evening News are reporting that Geordie Longstaff, compared to Michael Carrick by many, is not at the top of the Red Devils’ wanted list.

Instead, he is seen very much as a back-up option, with the likes of Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot favoured as well as the likes of West Ham United’s England international Declan Rice and Youri Tielemans, who impressed on loan from AS Monaco at Leicester City.

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Longstaff is currently recovering from knee ligament damage suffered back in March, but he the former Blackpool loanee is expected to return for pre-season.

Longstaff made 13 appearances for United’s first team, scoring twice (against Blackburn and Burnley).