Manchester United's Longstaff interest is bad news for James Garner

Manchester United are close to wrapping up the signing of Dan James, and The Times report a second addition has been identified.

Following reports from Sky last week, a new report in The Times claim United plan to bid for Newcastle’s Sean Longstaff ‘in the next few days’.

Longstaff, 21, made nine appearances for Newcastle last season before suffering a knee injury.

Signing him would be a blow to talented Old Trafford prospect James Garner, with both players compared to assistant Michael Carrick.

Garner made his debut for United this season, coming off the bench away at Crystal Palace.

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After the game at Selhurst Park, Solskjaer told United’s official website: “He knows we believe in him. We have great faith in him as the next Michael Carrick. I know he’s young and it’s not fair on kids to compare them to great players like Michael was, but he’s in the same mould.

“He can see the game, he plays simple passes. He sees through the lines. Michael had pressure coming in after Roy Keane. So it’s just the way it is at.”

Bitter blow

United moving for Longstaff would be a real blow for Garner’s chances, at least in the short term.

Longstaff has been widely compared to Carrick in terms of playing style, as a recent Guardian report notes, and pundit Jamie Redknapp also making the comparison along with Toon boss Rafa Benitez.

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The jury is out on whether Longstaff would present a good signing for United; he would be one for the future, similar to Dan James.

His addition would hamper Garner in the short term, and while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may feel he is not ready to step up yet, this would seem to betray his recent comments talking up the teenager’s prospects.

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