Two weeks ago, various news-lines had Man Utd ready to make an imminent 25 millions bid for North Shields lad and extremely promising Geordie midfielder Sean Longstaff. The Tyneside bush radio buzzed with talk as there were loads of supposed ITK claims the 21-year-old was on his way to Old Trafford to help reshape the Red Devils after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has decided to attempt to get back to basics with young hungry players and attempt to move on some of his hideously paid and under-performing stars. Longstaff was also reported to being tracked by Tottenham and Arsenal.
However, talking to NUFCTV last week Longstaff appeared to pour a lot of cold water on any chance of him leaving United:
“It shows how far I have come. If someone told me at the start of the season I’d be getting linked with these teams I ‘d have laughed. It is flattering to have your name in these conversations. You have nice stuff said about you and get linked with top clubs, but for me I have only wanted to play for Newcastle. I have had a small taste of it, and I want more. I want to get fit and be in for a whole season“.
And on his recovery from injury:
“I was in a brace for eight weeks and had to learn to walk again. Learning to be more confident with the knee and putting load into it. Doing simple things again. Then jogging and running and weights in the gym. I was flying at the time and I broke in the team and it was going well and it got ripped away which was not nice. Players get injuries but at the time it felt like a blur. Going from the highest of highs to rock bottom, and the negative thoughts come and you wonder if you’ll get back there. I am back running and kicking the ball. That is massive for me. It is tough being out so long. My first proper injury after the best two months of my life. To have that taken away was pretty horrible. I had to get my head around it and set some targets the first being getting running and kicking the ball again. It has given me confidence it is healing as it should be and I’m working hard to be back as soon as possible“.
We can speculate on a number of points here:
- United genuinely want to keep a player who signed a new 4-year contract last December and build a team around him.
- United believe he will be worth a hell of a lot more in 2-3 seasons time with more games under his belt.
- Or they may get more for him later in the transfer window
- Man Utd don’t want to sign a player recovering from injury
- There will be no players sold this side of any takeover happening or otherwise