Eddie Howe’s statement as Newcastle United eye in-form Manchester United star as Sandro Tonali replacement after betting-related investigation …

Newcastle is considering Scott McTominay from Manchester United as a potential replacement for Sandro Tonali, who is facing a potential lengthy ban due to admitting to betting on AC Milan’s matches during his time with the Italian club. In addition to McTominay, Newcastle has also included Kalvin Phillips from Manchester City and Chelsea loanee Andrey Santos in their shortlist. McTominay garnered interest from several other clubs, including West Ham United and Fulham during the summer transfer window.

McTominay’s playing time has been limited, primarily due to the arrival of Mason Mount and Sofyan Amrabat. Manchester United’s manager, Erik ten Hag, faced selection challenges as young talent Hannibal Mejbri emerged with strong performances.

Newcastle signed Sandro Tonali for £55 million from Milan in the summer transfer window, but he now faces a potential ban due to his admitted gambling on Milan’s games. Tonali’s agent, Giuseppe Riso, cited a gambling addiction and expressed the player’s shock and sadness.

Scott McTominay has participated in six matches across all competitions, contributing two goals for Manchester United. However, he has started in only two of those games and remained an unused substitute in three. Ten Hag excluded McTominay from the matchday squad for two games this season.

McTominay made a memorable appearance in the last game before the October international break, coming on as a substitute in the 87th minute and scoring two crucial goals, leading Manchester United to a much-needed victory over Brentford. United has struggled this season, with six losses in eleven matches, and they hope that McTominay’s heroic performance can inspire his teammates to contribute more. Reports suggest that United was willing to sell McTominay during the January transfer window.

However, it is believed that McTominay should be given more opportunities to prove his value, especially after his remarkable cameo. His determination aligns with the never-give-up spirit of Manchester United, which is needed more than ever in the current situation.

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