Newcastle star Allan Saint-Maximin tipped to ignite Man Utd transfer interest

Manchester United will eye a move for Allan Saint-Maximin should he "rip them to pieces" when they take on Newcastle, claims Toon legend Malcom Macdonald.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side will be looking to respond against the Magpies when the Premier League resumes later this month.

United shipped six againat Tottenham and their heavily criticised defence will now be tasked with stopping Saint-Maximin.

The Frenchman has been Newcastle's prime attacking weapon and will again be called upon to make things happen in the final third.

United failed to sign Jadon Sancho and could see Saint-Maximin as an alternative according to the former Magpie.

He told The Chronicle : “My old club have to guard against two things. The first is that they don't sicken Allan Saint-Maximin through lack of quality support and lose him to one of his many admirers who will grow by the week. And the second is that they don't become a one-man team.

“That's how good the mesmerising Frenchman is.

“He is brave as a lion. He knows he is going to get whacked because he invites tackles but he picks himself up and goes again. He rides tackles and only an injury can stop him.

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“Of course over the long-term if he doesn't get quality support around him and the big Champions League clubs come calling, United are going to lose him.

“The Saint is the most improved player at NUFC over the past year without a doubt. When he first came you could see the God-given talent but at times he didn't look as though his play had purpose.

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“He was quick and tricky but the end product was often poor. He didn't get his head up before crossing. He would never have picked out [Callum] Wilson as he did last weekend.

“There is no doubt that Steve Bruce has given him his head and he's blossomed as a consequence.

“Of course clubs are now on red alert with all the accolades he has received. Including Manchester United, Newcastle's next opponents. If he rips them to pieces they will be back!”

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