Manchester United are struggling. Though for what it’s worth, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s three signings have all made a positive impact.
The Baby Faced Assassin is building a foundation – though he’ll need time. Perhaps the biggest area of need is a midfielder, particularly after letting both Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera leave without replacement.
Over the summer, Sean Longstaff’s name popped up a fair bit. Obviously, though, the deal didn’t go through and this weekend, the talented midfield was a part of the Newcastle side which beat us 1-0.
Well today, we sort of know why. United apparently walked away from the signing of the 21-year-old due to his £50million price-tag, per the BBC.
I guess it comes down to how badly United want Longstaff. Newcastle’s stance is that the Old Trafford club paid £50million for Aaron Wan-Bissaka, hence why they’re asking for that fee for Longstaff. The Red Devils didn’t believe the quoted amount was acceptable due to the fact that the Englishman had only played in 13 Premier League games at the time.
You can understand both sides of the argument, but at the end of the day, the ball is in Newcastle’s court. They’re under absolutely no pressure whatsoever to sell, particularly with Longstaff under contract.
It’s up to Solskjaer and United to pay up or look at other options. It seems as though they did neither in August…