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Longstaff Admits To Distractions With Manchester United Unlikely To Make January Approach


During Sean Longstaff’s interview yesterday with NUFC TV the subject of links to Manchester United was brought up. The Red Devils were said to be highly interested in the 21-year-old midfielder however were put off by Newcastle’s £50m valuation of Sean.

Sean spoke about the interest in him this summer and made an admission that he did get distracted by it. This is what he said:

“You can sometimes get distracted by the outside noise and maybe for a little bit in the summer I was a bit. It’s hard not to.

“Whenever you go anywhere, you see your face on the front of a newspaper, and you turn the telly on, people are talking about you. And it’s not like they’re talking about little things, they’re talking about things that can change your life really.

“The expectation is half what I’ve done, and it’s probably a good thing. It does just go to show I did impress people when I got my chance last year.

“So for me, it’s about not listening to them and sticking to what I do. I speak to Matty Ritchie a lot, he’s someone I lean on in the squad. He tends to keep us grounded, and he’s always there with good bits of advice.”

It’s not surprising that Sean was somewhat distracted after his sudden rise to prominence this past season. This summer was a far cry from the previous summer when he was likely preparing a loan move to a lower division club.

Sean has handled it maturely, and it’s good that he is getting sound advice from some senior members of the team. With Sean still showing signs that he is not fully back to his best yet, we hope that Manchester United don’t come sniffing around in the winter.

There is a report in Manchester Evening News which says Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wanted to add a midfielder this past summer but missed out. However, the report states that he is hoping to land one during the January transfer window.

Recently Solskjaer and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward met to discuss transfer targets. The report reveals that the club retain a big interest in West Ham’s Declan Rice and have other targets on their radar as well. It also mentions that they are unlikely to pursue Sean Longstaff this winter which sounds good to us.


54 comments so far

  • Genjikai

    Sep 11, 2019 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #1

    Direct all that negative energy ashley has created into positive action.
    Let him and sports direct know enough is enough.
    Use that negative energy to create positive action and change.
    If your on social media, let sports direct know that ashley is damaging their brand. Let them know the best course of action is for ashley to sell newcastle.

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  • Munster Mag

    Sep 11, 2019 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #2

    Really articulate by Sean. Serious head on young shoulders. Rice my arse.

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  • Nufc-83

    Sep 11, 2019 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #3

    Ancient you make as much sense as the blithering idiot you have on you avatar. Ashley did provide the club with loans short and long term (short are paid off now). Is that a good thing…no he should have just put his money in and paid for our champ seasons as he was the biggest factor in relegation but we all know he won’t invest.

    1
  • toon22

    Sep 11, 2019 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #4

    Look how he smiles when he mentions the accounts

    Mike Ashley: ‘I have nothing to hide!’

    https://news.sky.com/video/mike-ashley-i-have-nothing-to-hide-11807291

    He is terrible at lying, you can see why he pays people to do it form him

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  • toon22

    Sep 11, 2019 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #5

    He also at the end basically says “stuff you” to the shareholders

    People defend this guy here

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  • toon22

    Sep 11, 2019 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #6

    Lets see if the shareholders report the guy over the lack of an auditor today

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  • Genjikai

    Sep 11, 2019 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #7

    https://twitter.com/Genjikai1/status/1171840344306147328?s=19

    Standard business practice by mike.
    Exploitation of people is what he does.
    Sports direct shame on exploiting its workers,
    Shame on you sports direct for exploiting the geordie people and the people of rangers.
    Shame on all involved in allowing this to happen.

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  • MagpieRanger

    Sep 11, 2019 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #8

    Do you think if Ashley did get hit with a €600 million tax bill he’d be more or less likely to sell NUFC?

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  • toon22

    Sep 11, 2019 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #9

    Under the Companies Act, Sports Direct must now formally notify the business secretary, Andrea Leadsom, within a week, that it has failed to appoint an auditor. If it does not do so it will face a fine.

    Leadsom has the power to appoint an auditor if and when all other efforts to do so have been exhausted. It is not clear whether she will step in but as a listed company Sports Direct must have an auditor in place by the time of its interim results, which are scheduled to be announced on 12 December. If it has not filed audited accounts by the end of January its shares could be suspended.

    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/sep/11/sports-direct-mike-ashley-a-third-investors-vote-against-re-electing-mike-ashley

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  • Genjikai

    Sep 11, 2019 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #10

    Magpie ranger
    Where did you get your info from the other day?
    I know you said twitter but who?

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  • jane

    Sep 11, 2019 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #11

    “Belgium football transfer: Two arrested in fraud inquiry”

    “The raids are linked to a probe into the transfer of Aleksandar Mitrovic from Anderlecht to Newcastle in 2015”

    “It is understood that Newcastle believe they are not directly connected to the inquiry.”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-49662132

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  • jane

    Sep 11, 2019 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #12

    was the HMRC raid a couple of years ago connected with this?

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  • toon22

    Sep 11, 2019 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #13

    Tic..Tock..Tic…Tock..

    4
  • toon22

    Sep 11, 2019 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #14

    They should probably look at the Joe transfer too

    4
  • Genjikai

    Sep 11, 2019 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #15

    Toon22
    Dont make timer sounds around jane she might inform interpol of you being an extremist and that youve been radicalised.

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  • toon22

    Sep 11, 2019 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #16

    LOL

    2
  • toon22

    Sep 11, 2019 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #17

    Funny how theres always something dodgy happens when Jabba is involved

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  • jane

    Sep 11, 2019 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #18

    Genjikai you looked into any de-radicalisation programs yet?

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  • toon22

    Sep 11, 2019 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #19

    Who do you think will be tasked into posting that letter to Andrea Leadsom ?

    5
  • Munster Mag

    Sep 11, 2019 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #20

    22 we’d all love to see Fats in the dock but his efforts at nufc wont get him there. We need an aggressive buyer who will pay over the odds if required. Probably not what any of us want but think its accurate. Hope u are right.

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  • toon22

    Sep 11, 2019 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #21

    Jane

    It might surprise you but toon fans are passionate about the club

    😉

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  • Nufc-83

    Sep 11, 2019 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #22

    Toon I would be interested to understand what scenarios you think could happened Re Ashley if he’s found to have been doing something dodgy?

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  • Genjikai

    Sep 11, 2019 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #23

    Geordie tom
    I take it back your patta isnt as shite as janes.

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  • toon22

    Sep 11, 2019 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #24

    Munster Mag

    The link i posted will get him there
    As for the dodgy dealings, its just an extra thing on his plate right now
    Lets hope he is involved

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  • toon22

    Sep 11, 2019 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #25

    Nufc-83

    He will fall foul of prem league rules and fail the fit and proper tests
    I really dont mind so long as it get s rid of him

    Something im sure you would be delighted about

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  • toon22

    Sep 11, 2019 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #26

    Although your question wasnt really aimed at a query but at looking at how you can defend the guy

    Just like any toon fan would

    5
  • MagpieRanger

    Sep 11, 2019 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #27

    Genji

    Someone posted it on a local journalists tweet, claiming that he has been replying to fans. Tried messaging him myself asking if it was true or not but he just read the messages and didn’t reply, I don’t want to hassle the bloke.

    3
  • Genjikai

    Sep 11, 2019 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #28

    Yep toon22 we all love mike up here in the north.

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  • Genjikai

    Sep 11, 2019 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #29

    Magpieranger
    Thankyou for the reply, could you point me in his direction, because i will.

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  • Nufc-83

    Sep 11, 2019 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #30

    So can they use the fit and proper test on current owners? I thought that was used on potential owners? If they can what do you think will happen if he fails?

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  • MagpieRanger

    Sep 11, 2019 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #31

    Genji, I think I’ve just followed you on Twitter. Message me

    3
  • Genjikai

    Sep 11, 2019 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #32

    That reminds me
    Tsunki whats the hold up?
    You know what im talking about.

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  • toon22

    Sep 11, 2019 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #33

    How would he be allowed to stay as our owner if he was convicted of fraud with player transfers
    He would be bringing the entire league into disrepute

    Who cares how

    Its a bad thing for him MMMM Kay

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  • Munster Mag

    Sep 11, 2019 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #34

    Genj I may owe u an apology. The letter I saw on the internet, which is fairness looked cral ( to me anyway) was not yours?

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  • toon22

    Sep 11, 2019 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #35

    I he fails fit and proper im guessing either he will be forced to sell
    Or we will be kicked out of the league

    He will have a very large wage bill for a pub team

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  • toon22

    Sep 11, 2019 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #36

    In reality i really dont care how, who or why hes forced to leave, sell whatever

    So long as he is gone, the quicker the better

    Im going to love anything that helps that

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  • Nufc-83

    Sep 11, 2019 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #37

    Forced to sell to who and at what price? Can they just kick him out the league? Who owns the club then the government? Do they have to pay him his money back?

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  • Munster Mag

    Sep 11, 2019 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #38

    22 I assume nufc 83 is correct on that. Its a test for new owners? Our accounts are apparently clean or have not been proven dirty. We just spent 40 mill on a player. Yes the club looks a mess etc and the training ground is poor but is that enough? Doubt it.

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  • Munster Mag

    Sep 11, 2019 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #39

    Crap not cral.

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  • toon22

    Sep 11, 2019 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #40

    Ok since your struggling to defend him i will spell it out

    If he is facing being kicked out of the league he will be forced to sell
    Or he is left with a missive white elephant

    He is well within his rights to keep us

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