Report: Alexander Isak rejected Man United before joining Newcastle

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Report: Alexander Isak rejected Man United before joining Newcastle

Alexander Isak rejected a move to Manchester United before signing for Newcastle last week.

The 22-year-old became the Magpies’ new record signing, costing £59million from Real Sociedad. It was a huge transfer that came totally out of the blue for Toon fans.

Everyone is excited to see Isak make his Newcastle debut, but he could have been wearing red instead of black and white had things gone differently.

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Alexander Isak rejects Man United

According to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, Isak turned down the chance to join Man United before moving to Newcastle.

They report that the Red Devils made a ‘juicy’ offer for the Swedish striker. However, he said no to a move on the advice of his agent.

Instead, he is now a Newcastle United player. It’s crazy to think that in 2022 a player is joining Newcastle instead of Man United.

Some fans will be getting deja vu from 1996 when Alan Shearer made the same decision. And that worked out pretty well, with Shearer going on to become the Magpies’ all-time leading scorer. That was a club record deal too.

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But it speaks volumes about the positions of the two clubs right now. While they have won their last two games, Man United are still in a state of limbo. It’s not clear where they’re going. But for Newcastle, the only way is up.

The club have made huge strides forward since the change of ownership, and have started the new season really brightly.

Potential Toon debut for Isak on Wednesday

It will hopefully get even better when Isak is up and running. He couldn’t make his debut against Wolves on Sunday, so hopefully he’s allowed to feature at Anfield versus Liverpool on Wednesday night.

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His presence is certainly required, as we were limp in attack against Wolves. A moment of magic from Allan Saint-Maximin bailed us out, but it will be even tougher against Liverpool.

It might take Isak a little bit of time to get up and running, but he will be afforded that at Newcastle. Eddie Howe has proven he can slowly integrate players.

In contrast, there would have been immediate demand at Manchester United.

Isak made the right choice, just like Shearer did in 1996. If he’s even half as successful than the former number nine then it will be money well spent.