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Why Manchester United are certain to beat Newcastle over Dan Ashworth



Why Manchester United are certain to beat Newcastle over Dan Ashworth
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Manchester United are certain to beat Newcastle over Dan Ashworth. The Red Devils remain confident of striking a financial compensation package with the Magpies to end the 52-year-old’s gardening leave early.

Ashworth has been placed on leave by Newcastle after he informed them of his desire to join Manchester United.

Newcastle are furious at how it has played out, with the Red Devils speaking to Ashworth about becoming their new sporting director before approaching the club.

As it stands, the Englishman will serve the full duration of his 20-month gardening leave before moving to Old Trafford in late 2025.

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Sir Jim Ratcliffe, who completed his investment in the club on Tuesday, is adamant that Ashworth needs to start his role sooner.

Newcastle are demanding as much as £20m to release Ashworth from his gardening leave, which would be the highest amount ever paid in football for a single non-playing member of staff.

The Red Devils will not entertain paying such a figure, and have made it known that they’re willing to wait for Ashworth

But National Daily learnt from the report by the Athletic that United’s preference is to strike an agreement and that they’re confident Newcastle will lower their demands.

The Magpies are precariously close to their Financial Fair Play limit, which prevented them from making a signing in January.

The likes of skipper Kieran Trippier, Almiron and Callum Wilson were all heavily linked with exits from the club, to free up space.

It is then believed that United think Newcastle will cave on their demands for Ashworth as they need the money to improve their financial position.