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Rochdale’s 17y/o star being eyed up by Man Utd, Man City & Newcastle Utd for a January move

Rochdale defender Luke Matheson is being linked with a number of Premier League clubs with Manchester City, Manchester United and Newcastle all thought to be monitoring the 17-year-old, who has been tipped to have a big future.

Matheson made his senior debut for Rochdale at the age of just 15 when they faced Bury in the EFL Trophy, at the time becoming their youngest ever debutant. He was awarded the Man of Match award that night in what was an impressive display for his age.

Since his opening appearance, the youngster has gone to make 15 league appearances for Dale as he is now a regular in Brian Barry-Murphy’s team. The right-back enjoys driving forward, therefore, he is often involved in attacking plays his side produce.

The highlight of Matheson’s career so far came earlier this season in the Carabao Cup when he scored at Old Trafford against Manchester United to level the game at 1-1. Unfortunately for his side, they eventually lost on penalties to miss out on the giant-killing that night, however, all the headlines were about the ‘Rochdale wonderkid’ the next day.

Matheson recently signed his first professional contract with Rochdale in a three-year-deal. He is another product of the academy at the Greater Manchester club who have produced so many players who have gone on to play at a higher level. He has been at the club since the age of nine, so he is a real success story for their youth system.

Back in February, Matheson was called up into the England under-17 squad to face France where he started in the Three Lions’ 3-2 victory. He recently represented his country at an under-18 level too in games against Poland and Slovakia, the latter who they beat 1-0 on the road, so he is a player who is clearly rated by those who monitor young English players in this country.

Rochdale have made a mixed start to their League One campaign this season where they are 50/1 in the football betting to finish in the top six at the end of the 2018/19 campaign. Matheson is expected to continue to play lots of football as manager Barry-Murphy is not afraid to give the young players in his squad an opportunity to shine.

Higher hopes for Dale

Dale was in a relegation scrap last season but managed to survive with a late surge up the table at the end of the campaign. They are expected to finish much higher this season and still have hopes of finishing in the top six.

Newcastle has reportedly been scouting Matheson since January where they were initially impressed with his talent. Given his goal at Old Trafford though back in September, the two Manchester giants are also thought to now be interested in keeping him in the North West.

If a move for Matheson is made in either the January transfer window or next summer, he could be immediately loaned back to Rochdale in order to continue playing League One football which will help his progression at such a young age.

Newcastle United making a smart move by grabbing former Wigan Athletic man on loan

The Sun have reported that Steve Bruce is plotting an ambitious move. He wants to take Chelsea star, Reece James to Newcastle on loan.

It looks like Steve Bruce will be making a call to see if James is available for half a season at Newcastle.

Newcastle have struggled to fill the right back position this season. Players like Javier Manquillo, Emil Krafth and DeAndre Yedlin have all tried to fill that position so far this season.

However, Steve Bruce thinks that James will be a great addition to his side.

The 19 year old spent last season on loan with Wigan Athletic. He impressed that much that he ended up with the Captain’s arm band.


Reece James forced his way into Frank Lampard’s squad.

Unfortunately he will only get to play a few games because of Cesar Azpilicueta’s current form.

Steve Bruce

Bruce will be looking to benefit from this as he can offer the teenager weekly football.

This is a sensible and tactical plan from the Newcastle manager. It looks like Steve Bruce could try to pitch his plan to the teenager before the transfer window opens in January.

These 2 out of form Man Utd players should be nowhere near the starting 11 against Liverpool

If Solskjaer wants to change at Man United, he’s going to have to start dropping a few under-performers. Some injury concerns at Old Trafford have made it difficult for the boss. However, here are two players that shouldn’t be in the starting line up.

People are calling this Man United team the worst they’ve seen in years. While the recent form certainly backs up that statement, not all players are that bad.

There’s a select few who have stood out like Daniel James. A move to Old Trafford has done him wonders. Harry Maguire is another player who is good, he just hasn’t got the right partner in defence.

It’s safe to say that January can’t come quick enough for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. However, here are two players who he should drop due to poor performances…

Ashley Young

To be fair to Solskjaer, he’s not had much of an option due to players being out. Injuries to other defenders like Aaron Wan-Bissaka have meant he’s had to play Young.

However, fans are getting frustrated with his performances. He even got subbed against Newcastle late on.

He’s playing as the Man United Captain but he’s not a leader in my opinion. A re-shuffle of the Captain’s arm-band might take some pressure off him.


I think it’s time that Solskjaer was a little harsher on Fred.

Dropping someone from your squad can always make them more determined and motivated to get back in it. That’s what needs to happen with the midfielder.

Fans have called him out as being one of the worst players in the squad. Especially against Newcastle. They’ve also said he’s worse than they imagined him to be. Solskjaer needs to listen and sort it out now.

‘With what I saw against Newcastle I’d suggest Manchester United sack Ole and reappoint him as interim manager’

Man United fans faced another disappointing post-match feeling against Newcastle United, as the Red Devils dropped another 3 points.

Life under Solskjaer is not what it started out like back at the start of the year. Many United fans are feeling an emptiness watching their side play, it’s a feeling many fans are not used to following the plethora of success the side had under Sir Alex Ferguson.

However, this team is at a place where they are no longer the club of old. They have a real fear of turning into the team they have mocked for many a year (Liverpool).

What should have been nailed on a three-point game, given Steve Bruce’s record against his old side. If was once again a painful watch from start to finish. Solskjaer is out there trying to play big boys football with a reserve side.

Many Man Utd fans feel

Newcastle Utd fans buzzing after win over Man Utd – ‘Now give the pair of them long term contracts and build the team around them’

Steve Bruce’s Newcastle Utd side played Man United this weekend and managed a 1-0 win. The Football Manc Cave looks at your reactions.

Both teams were looking for points on Sunday and Man United fans were hopeful this would be an easy ride for them. However, they are now even more frustrated, as they dropped another 3 points and now sit 12th in the league on 9 points.

Newcastle, on the other hand, has had a great weekend and now sit at 16th in the league on 8 points. Steve Bruce made a starting line up change this week as he put both Longstaff brothers in his midfield. 19-year old Matthew Longstaff accompanied his older brother, Sean Longstaff in the middle and the teenager’s dreams come true when he bagged the only goal of the game.

Twitter responded as always when at one point the hashtag ‘OleOut’ was trending. This was quickly overruled with ‘OleIn’ by fans who are enjoying United’s bad performances.

Here are your reactions…

These two Man Utd youngsters must start against AC Milan tomorrow, agree?

Solskjaer at a Man Utd press conference

A big season is ahead of Man Utd and this summer has taught us that the players, in particular, have to be match-ready.

Solskjaer has one game left in pre-season against AC Milan, in Wales. Should he come away with a victory, Man Utd will be unbeaten in six games.

However, Man Utd’s previous game against Norway’s mid-table Kristiansund it proved that the Reds lacked quality in the final third. There were also instances of terrible organisation in defence, struggling with crosses and counter-attacks.

According to reports and rumours, Man Utd’s most likely transfers are Bruno Fernandes, Paulo Dybala and Harry Maguire. Sticking these players into the current squad patches up the weaknesses and faults in a promising team. Investment is what is needed to compliment the strives made by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Man Utd fans grow increasingly frustrated with the investment made in this summer transfer window, amongst others. Recent antics by Man Utd’s board tell us that the rumoured-ins for the club are far from guaranteed.

With this in mind, The Football Manc Cave brings you two young players in particular who should be given game time against AC Milan. They may have to be ready to step-in should Man Utd fail to secure any more signatures…

Axel Tuanzebe

As mentioned, Man Utd’s defence is still abysmal. Without Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the mix, there is no one you can trust 100%. Tuanzebe, 21, had a fantastic season in Championship last season. He helped them to the point of promotion and had fans singing his name. He has the potential to be a Man Utd centre-back and has stated that he wants to be just that, we just have to see the proof in the pudding.

According to reports, Tuanzebe is currently linked with a loan move back to Aston Villa, as well as being linked with Newcastle United. Demonstrating that teams want him to prevent demotion for their club. However, it also indicates that Man Utd may be purchasing a defender.

Mason Greenwood

Solskjaer’s only proven natural striker is 17-year old Mason Greenwood. Despite Anthony Martial being very clinical, and Marcus Rashford being powerful, Greenwood has more of a natural number nine instinct. His movement and awareness have people likening him to Robin Van Persie, a man who won Man Utd the Premier League.

Man Utd are lacking quality in front of goal, and should it be Lukaku or Dybala who has a bad season for the Reds, Greenwood could be the one who saves the season for them.

Forget Newcastle Utd’s Longstaff, here are two 30m players that are better suited to Man Utd

Man Utd could get a much better deal than overspending for the unproven Newcastle United midfielder Sean Longstaff.

In Man Utd’s pursuit to improve their midfield, they have opted for Newcastle United’s 21-year-old Sean Longstaff, who has 9 games experience in the Premier League. Great business!

Newcastle is expecting a surplus of £50million for the midfielder, a figure that Man Utd are unwilling to match.

The attributes that drew the attention of Man Utd are his fantastic passing abilities. The youngster is capable of picking out long passes, progressing play and being very aware of the positioning and movement of his teammates. Hence why he is being dubbed ‘the new Michael Carrick’.

Here are two alternatives to overpaying for an unproven midfielder.

Radja Nainggolan

Nainggolan is a 31-year-old midfielder for Inter Milan. According to recent reports, he has been mentioned to Man Utd in a swap deal (plus cash) for their striker Romelu Lukaku.

Solskjaer’s midfield is currently very inexperienced after losing Herrera and Fellaini. Leaving the very slow and lethargic Nemanja Matic to take charge of a young midfield, all of which are better than him. Nainggolan would add mature, defensive stability for Solskjaer and would not demand more than 30 games a season. The other positive is that Lukaku would be gone also, who has fallen out of favour with the manager.

Wilfred Ndidi

According to Transfermarkt, Leicester City’s Ndidi is worth around £31.5million. More proven in the Premier League than Longstaff, 22-year-old Ndidi is a defensive midfielder. He can replace Nemanja Matic who is incapable of keeping up with Solskjaer’s ‘Ole ball’; a fast-paced, high-pressing, counter-attacking style of play.

The Nigerian’s price may be ramped up to around £50million, the fee Newcastle expects for Longstaff, due to Man Utd’s links to fellow Leicester City man Harry Maguire.

However, a midfield of Ndidi, Pogba and McTominay would be perfect. Composed of strength, pace, Man Utd identity and Premier League talent.

Will Newcastle United boss be the obstacle to Man Utd securing 21y/o

Man United may need to look elsewhere after Steve Bruce tells Sean Longstaff he’s a key to the future of Newcastle United.

The Football Manc Cave have previously mentioned Manchester United’s interest in 21-year-old Geordie Sean Longstaff.

However, according to Sky Sports, Newcastle United’s new manager Steve Bruce is heading to Asia to meet up with his new squad. When he arrives he is expected to have a word with Longstaff, about how important he is to Newcastle United’s future.

Upon watching the young midfielder play, it isn’t hard to realise the talent he has. Which explains why a top club like Man Utd is trying to get his signature.

Is Sean Longstaff really worth £50million?

According to reports, Longstaff’s asking price is in the region of £50million, and Man Utd’s valuation is around half that amount.

Solskjaer recently attained Aaron Wan-Bissaka for £50million. And the right-back is already showing signs of being worth it. He was, statistically, the best right back in the Premier League last season.

Longstaff, on the other hand, merely has nine Premier League appearances. It would seem nonsensical to pay the same amount as they did for Wan-Bissaka.

Solskjaer lost Fellaini and Ander Herrera last season. There is also the possibility of losing Paul Pogba. The Reds are pushing to bolster their midfield. Man Utd has been strongly linked with the likes of Bruno Fernandes and Sergej Milinković-Savić also. With Longstaff in the mix, Man Utd could pull off one of their greatest transfer windows ever. Should they pull off these three signings, including the centre-half Harry Maguire.

There are less than three weeks left of the transfer window, and Man Utd desperately need two or three more signings in order to compete with their rivals.

After a full season under his belt, Longstaff’s valuation could be worth over £50million. It is fair to say that it would be a risk for Ed Woodward to splash the cash on such an unproven youngster.

OPINION: Should Gerrard jump ship at Rangers to join a sinking one at Newcastle Utd

We’ve seen Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to Man United, Frank Lampard to Chelsea. Is it possible to see Steven Gerrard go to Newcastle?

Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard gave Rangers FC their best season in recent years after his first full season in charge. The chatter here at the Football Manc Cave is that he is wanted by Mike Ashley, to fill the vacant manager spot at Newcastle United left by his old boss; Rafa Benitez.

With Rangers having resurrected themselves from the financial blows of 2012, the future appears bright for the second best team in Scotland. With Steven Gerrard proving his managerial skills after only one year with the Glasgow club, he has instantly become a favourite at Ibrox Stadium.

Newcastle United are amid pre-season training without a manager following Benitez leaving the club at the end of his contract. Owner Mike Ashley is becoming frustrated with the lack of communication from potential Middle-Eastern buyer Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nehayan, at a rumoured £350million.

Fans of The Magpies are refusing to renew their season ticket due to frustration with the running of the club, Mike Ashley has become a villain in his own domain.

Decisions for Gerrard

Gerrard has two options in this scenario. He can continue his success with Rangers, building fantastic relationships with his squad, and push for a goal they are within reach of; challenge and overtake rivals Celtic.

Alternatively, the Liverpool legend could enter a club with an uncertain future, a fight against relegation and little to no backing from the owner.

It may be the case that Gerrard tests his skills in the Premier League once again in the near future. However making a name for himself by being successful at Rangers, who can offer him both domestic and European football, is the way forward for the Liverpudlian.

Ex-Wigan Athletic manager linked to Newcastle Utd, what would he bring?

Newcastle fans here in the Football Manc Cave are hearing that the Magpies have identified, former Wigan Atheltic and Everton manager Roberto Martinez as a potential replacement for Rafa Benitez. Who left the club last week following the expiration of his contract.

The Magpies have yet to formally approach the Belgian FA to speak to the Spaniard. However, it’s expected within the next few days.

Newcastle Utd is still a sleeping giant. With spending money and a top manager, they have the potential to challenge for the top eight next season.

Although, The Toon fans are seething about Benitez leaving, blaming Ashley for not doing enough to keep him at the club. Ayoze Perez, as expected, completed a £30 million move to Leicester yesterday. While Salomon Rondon’s permanent move has been thrown into some doubt.


Will the Newcastle fans give the new manager enough time?

They’re a very passionate bunch and had struck a brilliant relationship with Benetiz. Whoever comes in next, presumably won’t be as coveted as Benitez, therefore they’ve got a task in itself to create that connection with the fans.

Martinez has experienced that fan connection at Wigan Athletic. After winning the FA Cup in 2013, he will always be respected and loved in the town of Wigan. He brings an ‘easy on the eye’ style of football, sometimes very frustrating, others it’s a joy to watch.

The Spaniard is a manager that needs time. To play the style of football he wants, he needs the perfect players. That requires money. The season starts in five weeks, the two top goal scorers have departed, fans are completely disheartened. Is it an attractive job? Possibly not a risk worth taking.

Martinez still has that desire to manage in the Premier League, and an offer from Newcastle will cast serious doubt in his mind. Stay at Belgium or revive Newcastle?

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