The top flight teams have had the talented 16-year-old on their radar for some time. Frontman MacLeod has been one of the standouts in the United academy and already has first-team experience and in recent weeks he has forced his way back into Liam Fox’s first-team.
Southampton and Newcastle both watched the kid during games including the 2-0 defeat to Rangers earlier this month. But the starlet is keeping his feet on the ground despite teams swirling and says big characters like Steven Fletcher and Charlie Mulgrew have done wonders for his development.
He added: “It’s nice to be recognised by all those big clubs. But wherever I am, and whatever the talk is, I always have my head down working. The club are brilliant when it comes to looking after the younger players and if anything happens, it happens.
“Playing alongside guys like Steven Fletcher and Charlie Mulgrew, getting all this experience at my age, is surreal. Fletch teaches you different movements, how and when to make runs in behind and different types of finishes; he’s different class.
“Fletch has played at every level you can think of and it’s a pleasure to work with him every day. He’s a done a lot for me. But you can say that about all the young boys — he is always ready to give advice. Working with him can only help us develop.”
Nick Pope produced one of the saves of the season so far but Newcastle failed to match their goalkeeper’s heroics by labouring to a goalless draw at Crystal Palace and missing the chance to solidify a top-four spot.
Despite Eddie Howe’s side dominating the game, England goalkeeper Pope denied substitute Jean-Philippe Mateta’s fierce high drive with a superb reflex stop to tip the ball over the bar – with Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate watching on.
Newcastle had plenty of chances to break the deadlock themselves but the likes of Joelinton, Dan Burn, Callum Wilson and Alexander Isak put most of their chances straight at a grateful Vicente Guaita in the Palace goal.
Missing the chance to move eight points clear of fifth-placed Tottenham, the sharing of the points is enough to take the Magpies back into third spot ahead of Manchester United, who could take back that place by avoiding defeat at Arsenal on Sunday, live on Sky Sports (kick-off 4.30pm).