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A Look At United’s Potential Third Signing Of The Summer

Longstaff

With United putting the finishing touches on their £50m deal for Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka, the club’s attention will quickly turn to their next summer recruit.

A number of news outlets believe the Manchester club will be going after Newcastle midfielder Sean Longstaff, with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer very keen for the club to continue a policy of signing young players.

Longstaff would be a surprise choice for many considering his limited experience of the Premier League, but the 21-year-old impressed United’s staff last season and they have been keeping tabs on him ever since.

The midfielder only made his debut for Newcastle back in December, coming on as a substitute in the 4-0 defeat to Liverpool on Boxing Day.

Longstaff made his first start against Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup in early January before being given his full Premier League debut when he started the 2-1 loss to Chelsea seven days later.

His first, and only, goal to date in the top flight came against Burnley in the 2-0 win at St James’ Park back in January. All in all, he made 13 first-team appearances for the Magpies last season, before a knee injury ended his season prematurely.

On the face of it, it appears Solskjaer and United would be taking a big risk in going after Longstaff due to his limited minutes in the Premier League.

It was not long ago that he was loaned out to both Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premiership and Blackpool in League One. It appeared he was destined to play in the lower leagues.

However, it seems his development has accelerated sharply over the past year. Magpies boss Rafa Benitez was so impressed with Longstaff during pre-season last summer that he opted against loaning him out once again and offered a new four-year contract.

By February, his performances for Newcastle, particularly in the 2-1 win over Manchester City where he provided an assist, stood out and he was beginning to establish himself as a first-team regular prior to his injury.

With Benitez leaving the Magpies, now could be the perfect opportunity to make an offer for Longstaff. The chaos surrounding Mike Ashley’s regime and the lack of certainty over who will be in charge next season could help push the young midfielder to the exit door.

The deal for Wan-Bissaka may quickly lead to the club moving on to secure their third signing of the summer.