Steve Bruce has a message for Manchester United over Sean Longstaff bid

Steve Bruce says he wants to keep Sean Longstaff at Newcastle United.
Sean Longstaff.Sean Longstaff.
Sean Longstaff.

Manchester United are interested in the 21-year-old midfielder, who broke into the first-team squad last season.

However, Bruce, appointed as head coach this week, said: “He’s a player we want to keep – he’s had a remarkable rise. He’s everything you would want in a player – big and athletic – and he handles the ball well.

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“He is the type of player you want to build your team around. I’ve only seen him for a day, but he has had ab unbelievable rise. Very much reminds me of a Michael Carrick. I’m not aware that he’s going to Manchester United – I’m not aware of that at all.”

Longstaff is likely to be on the bench for the club’s Premier League Asia Trophy third-place game against West Ham United in Shanghai, China, today.