Man Utd declare two divisive first-teamers ‘not for sale’ as Newcastle back down with transfer bid

Scott McTominay, Casemiro, Fred and Harry Maguire of Man Utd

Manchester United have come to the same decision for two of their high-profile squad members who are attracting interest from elsewhere, according to reports.

It has been a season of progress for Man Utd under Erik ten Hag so far. Their squad has been undergoing an evolution while their manager has worked out who is worth keeping around.

Ten Hag has not shied away from some big decisions. For example, he made his authority clear when Cristiano Ronaldo left the club by a mutual agreement back in November.

There are some other big names in the Man Utd squad who are now facing uncertain futures of their own, after falling down the pecking order since Ten Hag took charge.

For example, club captain Harry Maguire has struggled to get past Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez in Ten Hag’s centre-back hierarchy.

In turn, the England international has caught the attention of some other Premier League clubs. West Ham, for instance, have been trying their luck with a loan proposal.

Another Man Utd player who has suitors elsewhere in England is Scott McTominay. He has been less active in midfield since the club brought in Casemiro and Christian Eriksen over the summer.

As a result, Newcastle have identified McTominay as a potential target for their own evolving project.

But according to the Times, Man Utd have little interest in parting ways with either Maguire or McTominay this month, despite both dividing opinion among their fanbase. With that in mind, they have informed their respective suitors that they are “not for sale”.

Man Utd make stance clear for duo

Any bids that come in for Maguire or McTominay will be rejected. Armed with that knowledge, Newcastle have shelved their plans of making an offer for the latter.

According to the report, Newcastle were only willing to bid for McTominay if they discovered that Man Utd were open to selling him. Alternatively, they were waiting for an indication from the player as to whether a move would be on his mind.

But McTominay’s stance – whatever that may be – has become irrelevant after Man Utd opted to stand in the way of any potential departure. Newcastle, therefore, know there is little point wasting their time.

Ten Hag supposedly feels that Maguire and McTominay are both “important” squad members. Therefore, he does not want to deprive himself of them this month.

Given that Man Utd are currently in the top four and will be hoping to stay there by the end of the season, keeping a deep squad seems sensible.

Maguire and McTominay may have to consider their futures in the summer if their situations have not changed. But for now, Ten Hag wants them on board and committed.

Both players are under contract at Old Trafford until 2025, each with the option of a further year.

Their immediate futures for the next six months are clear enough as things stand.

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