As has been evident this summer, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is targeting younger players as he looks to reshape his Manchester United squad.
That’s according to The Telegraph, who add that the Red Devils are ready to make an ‘opening offer’ for Newcastle United midfielder Sean Longstaff.
Apparently, that bid will go in within the next 48 hours (as of Tuesday night), which is set to put further strain on Rafael Benitez’s relationship with the Newcastle hierarchy.
Despite making just twelve appearances, Longstaff has done enough to impress the United coaching staff ‘sufficiently’, with the club ready to make him a ‘top summer target’.
In terms of comparison, I liken Longstaff to Michael Carrick. He’s got a similar passing range, while also being able to cruise through the game due to his positional excellence and reading of the play.
My main concern comes with the fact that Longstaff suffered a nasty injury in the 2018/19 campaign. I’d doubt if he’ll be ready to go at the season’s start, meaning he’d be way behind his teammates in terms of fitness should he make the move to Old Trafford.
The Telegraph report also discusses United’s proposed move for Daniel James, with the Reds in talks with Swansea City about signing the Wales international.