The one reason Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperate to sign £25m Sean Longstaff

United’s scouts watched the Newcastle academy graduate extensively after Rafa Benitez handed him his debut last December.

Longstaff impressed by winning the penalty that gave the Magpies a memorable 2–1 win over champions Manchester City in January.

Solskjaer believes the 21-year-old has the potential to become a Premier League star of the future.

And the Norwegian, who is planning a youthful overhaul of United’s line-up, wants to bring Longstaff to Old Trafford.

According to the Evening Standard, United hope a bid in the region of £25m will be enough to convince Newcastle to sell.

And the report even claims that the player has already set his heart on switching to the Red Devils.

However, Longstaff is a lifelong Newcastle fan and recently poured cold water on speculation linking him with a move to the Theatre of Dreams.

“I’m massively flattered to have my name even mentioned in those conversations, but I’m 100 per cent focused on Newcastle,” he told NUFC TV.

“I’ve always wanted to play for Newcastle and I’ve only had a little taste of that.

“So for me, it’s about getting fit as soon as I can and getting back on the pitch for Newcastle and making more memories of the future.”

Sky Sports reporter Keith Downie says the Tyneside club has yet to receive any correspondence from Manchester United regarding Longstaff.

“I’m told Newcastle have had no contact from them for their young midfielder,” he tweeted yesterday.

United supporters on social media have differing opinions on the young Geordie player.

“Sean Longstaff is a good, young player but id rather have Declan Rice,” one fan wrote.

A second fan argued: “Sean Longstaff to #mufc for £25M would be a high-value signing.

“Low risk, high reward. Tons of upside [21 years old]. Correct mentality & work-rate. Knows the league.”

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