BBC pundit warns Sean Longstaff against Manchester United move

BBC Sport pundit Danny Mills has said that Sean Longstaff should resist the prospect of joining Manchester United from Newcastle United this summer. The 21-year-old made his debut for the Magpies in December 2018 and he thereafter provide a couple of standout displays before suffering a season-ending knee injury.

Still, that has been sufficient to attract interest from some of England’s elite and United have been touted to be leading the race to sign him. Speaking to Football Insider, Mills said that Longstaff should stay put with the Magpies for next season, given Ole Gunnar Solskjaer does not have the track record of working with youth unlike Rafael Benitez.

He added that United already have a young midfielder in Scott McTominay in their ranks and the current situation at the club does not offer much scope for his development, he said: “Man United already have McTominay, a similar type of player and age to Longstaff. If you are a young player like Longstaff, you need to be sure you are joining a club where you can develop.

Does Solskjaer have a record of developing players? No. Does Rafa Benitez, assuming he stays at Newcastle? Yes. Longstaff should think very carefully before leaving Newcastle, where he is likely to play regularly when he is fit again. He’ll regret it if he moves to Manchester United, where he might not play as much. Man United have big problems. They need some serious surgery and I’m not sure if it’s the right move for any young player.”

Manchester United endured a disappointing 2018/19 season as they managed only a sixth place finish, and that has meant that they would be featuring in the Europa League for the forthcoming campaign. Amidst this, there has been plenty of gossip over potential signings for the summer but those could be accompanied with departures with the futures of Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez among others hanging in the balance.