An exclusive from 90Min claims that Newcastle United are mulling over a choice of three Manchester United players to sign on loan.

As of yet, however, Steve Bruce hasn’t decided which of the trio to take until the end of the current campaign.

Jesse Lingard, Brendan Williams and Phil Jones are the three players in question.

United would prefer it was experienced defender Jones who headed to St James’ Park but Newcastle remain undecided.

With funds set to be tight this month, it looks like being a sizeable decision for Bruce to make.

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What he must weigh up is who fits the criteria of being a player who can improve the starting eleven.

Williams doesn’t look like a signing that Newcastle should make.

The club spent £20 million on Jamal Lewis during the summer and he has looked solid since signing.

Jones typically plays at centre-back and on the face of things, that doesn’t make him a great signing either.

Jamaal Lascelles, Federico Fernandez and Fabian Schar are all decent options for Bruce to work with.

As a result, that leave everything pointing to Lingard.

The versatile United forward would perhaps be the best bet based on the fact that he can operate in a number of positions.

 

Challenge

Lingard hasn’t been registered in United’s 25-man Premier League squad this season.

He has been restricted to just two Carabao Cup appearances and his future looks to lie away from Old Trafford.

The man with four goals in 24 games for England has lost his way and he desperately need to play some first-team football.

He isn’t a bad player though and former Newcastle boss Steve McClaren is a big fan.

Back in January 2018, he told the Derby Telegraph: “You could see the potential and, wow, he is fulfilling that now, and he is different. He is unique, he is forward-running with and without the ball.

“He is such a threat, and he is probably a quicker runner with the ball than without the ball. Lingard beats players, can score, is composed and can assist.

Lingard can operate through the middle as a No.10, on either flank, or as a striker.

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That alone would give Bruce some options in attack but the key would be to get the 28-year-old firing once more.

In over 200 appearances for United, he has scored 33 goals and registered 20 assists, with inconsistency robbing him of a more significant role.

The jury would perhaps remain out in the eyes of supporters should the £75,000-a-week Lingard make the switch to Newcastle.

He looks to be the best of the linked bunch, however, and his energy could be an asset for Bruce.

If Newcastle can get Lingard playing to the best of his ability, they could get themselves a very shrewd January deal.

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