Newcastle United head into the summer with the usual questions surrounding the club in relation to their manager and any potential summer signings.
Rafa Benitez once again did a superb job to see the Magpies avoid any relegation threat in the Premier League, and he deserves the backing this summer to try and progress the club further forward.
However, key to Benitez being able to move forward will also be keeping hold of some of the club’s top talents, and that includes midfielder Sean Longstaff, who was a revelation late in the season before picking up an injury which curtailed his progress.
Longstaff though has done enough in that time to attract glance from some of the top clubs, including Manchester United, with Newcastle reportedly looking to offer the midfielder a new deal to keep him out of the Old Trafford club’s clutches.
Here in the Tavern though we feel that Longstaff would be silly to turn down a move to United at this stage of his career, with opportunities to join such a world renowned club not something which comes around a lot.
At a time when United are set to undergo something of a revolution in terms of the signings they make and the way the club moves forward, Longstaff could well prove to be an integral long-term cog in the plans of manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Under a first-team coach like Michael Carrick at United, he could learn from one of the very best in that position in terms of the history of the Premier League.
While staying at his boyhood club will obviously tie him to Newcastle and influence his decision, there has to be an element within Longstaff that wants to test himself at the highest level, and that highest level is at a club like Manchester United.
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