Newcastle’s takeover has been the biggest story of the international break.

We have already had a look at five Manchester United players the Magpies could try to sign with their new wealth.

Now, 90Min have reported that Newcastle have three Red Devils players in their sights ahead of the January window.

So what actually would be best for United when it comes to the reported targets? Here is a look at the pros and cons of selling each man if Newcastle’s interest firms up…

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Phil Jones

Pros: Jones has had rotten luck with injuries and has not played for United since January 2020. He needs a move away to kickstart his career by getting the gametime he has not had at Old Trafford. The Englishman has a contract until June 2023 and if United could raise a fee and get him off the books before then, it would likely be considered a win.


Cons: Harry Maguire and Raphael Varane’s injuries mean that Jones could well be on the bench against Leicester. Selling a central defender while two are out injured might be deemed a risk, but in truth, there are not many downsides if Newcastle wanted to take Jones on.

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Nemanja Matic

Pros: Matic is not the player he once was physically and he often slows United’s play down. The Serbian drops too deep into the back four to get the ball when he plays, vacating the midfield area almost entirely. A side of United’s ambitions need a more dynamic anchorman. He also has a contract until June 2023 and offloading him may allow the likes of James Garner to come through more quickly.

Cons: Matic is one of the few players in the United ranks who has won the Premier League. He is a diligent, experienced professional and it could be argued that he and Paul Pogba are United’s best central midfield partnership. United would be unlikely to raise much of a transfer fee for a player who is already 33 and could decide it is better to keep him around.

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Jesse Lingard

Pros: Lingard’s contract is expiring and January represents United’s final chance to raise some funds by selling him, unless he signs a new deal. He is yet to start in the league this term and United’s host of attacking options counts against him. Not many United fans would begrudge Lingard the chance to play regularly and be the man attacking force at an ambitious club, which would also help with his England ambitions too.

Cons: Lingard is a useful squad player who has come through the ranks at Old Trafford. He has proved adept at making an impact off the bench this season and showed his quality at West Ham last season. If United can get him to sign a new deal, his market value will increase beyond what it would be in January.

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