Matty Longstaff may have stolen the headlines in Newcastle’s win over Manchester United, but his brother, Sean, also shone, and may have caused Newcastle a big problem in doing so.
As excited as everyone was for Matty’s debut, and the goal which accompanied it, it was brilliant to see Sean also back to his best, as the pair of Longstaffs pulled Manchester United’s midfield apart.
Sean’s displays so far this season were a shadow of those from last term, and it was a relief to see him reach his previous high levels once again on Sunday.
But one of the reasons for his dip in form could be down to the constant summer speculation over his future, and potential interest from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Man United.
If that was the case, then his performance yesterday will have done little to dissuade the Old Trafford club from renewing their interest in January.
If anything, it is likely to see more intense rumours, as a woeful Red Devils side look to revive their fortunes during the winter sales.
Newcastle’s Sean Longstaff exposed everything Manchester United lacked
His marshalling of the Newcastle midfield was exactly what was missing from Solskjaer’s side, and is sure not to have gone unnoticed by the struggling Norwegian.
The optimist in me says that playing alongside his brother, and the absence of Isaac Hayden made him raise his game, with him needing to be the leader in the middle of the park.
The cynic in me thinks he may have put in a performance to let Solskjaer and company see what he can do.
Of course, given the position Man United find themselves in, it also gives Newcastle the option of virtually naming their price for the player, and if the former Premier League champions are desperate enough, they will pay it.
So Sean Longstaff may well have provided Newcastle with a bit of a dilemma in January, and it will be up to Mike Ashley, Lee Charnley and Steve Bruce whether they should stick or twist.