Man Utd transfer news: Who is Sean Longstaff? Solskjaer prepares first bid | Football | Sport

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Manchester United are ready to make their move for Sean Longstaff.

According to the Telegraph, United will launch their first bid for the Newcastle star this week.

Old Trafford boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been tasked with rebuilding the squad this summer and is keen to recruit young players.

United are reportedly close to sealing a deal for Swansea winger Daniel James and the club will be hoping for Longstaff to follow suit.

Man Utd transfer news: Who is Sean Longstaff?

Longstaff is currently recovering from a knee injury which ended his season in March.

However, he impressed earlier in the campaign after breaking into the Newcastle side.

He only made his Premier League debut in December but started 11 straight games between January and March before suffering ligament damage against West Ham.

The injury denied him an expected call-up to the England Under-21 squad and the chance to make next month’s European Championships in Italy and San Marino.

Longstaff began his career with Newcastle’s youth sides.

He went on loan to Scottish Premiership club Kilmarnock in January 2017, before going out on loan again that summer with Blackpool.

Longstaff impressed manager Rafa Benitez in pre-season ahead of the 2018/19 campaign and was rewarded with a new four-year contract last November.

The 21-year-old has been compared to former United midfielder Michael Carrick.

Speaking in January, Benitez said: “I’ve heard the Michael Carrick comparison, and I can see that.

“Carrick, later on, became a holding-midfielder, but at this stage Sean has more mobility (than just being a defensive-midfielder) and plenty of stamina. He can cover a lot of ground.

“I can see him maybe in the future he could play that Carrick role, but not now, because he likes to go everywhere.


“Certainly, he has the technique and can use both feet quite well.”

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