June 25, 2024

Manchester United to poach Dan Ashworth from Newcastle United – Resurfaces / Recycled

The resurgence of rumors linking Dan Ashworth to Manchester United raises the question of whether these reports are merely recycled or genuinely gaining traction.

Earlier this month, we highlighted Talksport’s assertion that Manchester United is eyeing Dan Ashworth from Newcastle United, contingent on Jim Ratcliffe finalizing his minority shareholding purchase at Old Trafford. However, given the prolonged speculation surrounding this acquisition, it’s worth considering the possibility that it may not materialize.

The Talksport story seemed more like speculative conjecture, drawing connections between Jim Ratcliffe, Dave Brailsford (working for Ratcliffe), and Ashworth, leveraging the latter’s esteemed reputation built through his contributions to the England setup and Brighton.

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The latest claims add another layer of uncertainty, speculating on potential scenarios that ‘could’ unfold. Essentially, beyond the sensational headlines, the narrative suggests that Manchester United ‘could’ present Ashworth with an enticing role to lure him away from Newcastle, despite having joined the club just a year ago.

It appears as though these claims might be grounded in mere speculation, possibly fueled by the connection between Eddie Howe and Richard Hughes from their time at Bournemouth, hinting at Hughes as a potential replacement for Ashworth.

The fundamental question persists: Why would Dan Ashworth leave Newcastle United after severing ties with Brighton and barely settling into his role at NUFC, to join the chaotic situation at Manchester United? While it’s understandable that United would be interested in Ashworth, given their recruitment struggles, gone are the days when a call from Manchester United guaranteed the immediate attention of top players, managers, or sporting directors.

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