I like this boy a lot. For a 19 year-old with little Premier League experience, he has shown plenty of maturity in his game and outshines Manchester United’s other defenders. It must be noted that McNair had to step up during difficult times at Old Trafford. The Red Devils are still recovering from the shocking 2013-2014 season where they finished 7th and now Louis Van Gaal and his men are enduring a stuttering start for the new season with the team currently 13 points adrift from the league leader, Chelsea. The pressure is on the manager and his players.
For a huge club like Manchester United, failure is not tolerable.
Home-Made, Paddy McNair
A product of Manchester United’s youth academy, Paddy McNair was not expected to play any part for the club this season. He was supposed to train with United’s under 21 team and continue his progress in United’s back-up squad. However, with Manchester United being hit by a catalogue of injuries, Van Gaal had turned to the youngsters and gave him the chance.
Boy, he has grabbed it with both hands.
The New Gary Pallister?
Paddy McNair reminds me so much of former United’s stalwart, Gary Pallister. He has the height, the composure and technical abilities of the former England international. Although, it is very much premature to assess the youngster at this stage, I think many will agree with me that McNair has been impressive so far and look set for a promising future – for club and country.
Euro 2016 Qualification
Speaking of promising future for his country, Paddy McNair has been called up by Northern Ireland’s coach, Michael O’Neill for Euro 2016 qualification match against Romania on Friday. O’Neill’s decision has been backed up by former Northern Ireland’s winger, Keith Gillespie who said:
He’s done very well. There’s an opportunity for him there if he continues to progress the way he is.
Keith Gillespie was impressed with Paddy McNair’s ability to slot comfortably straight into the Manchester United team:
They’ve had injuries at the back and he’s taken his chance. They’ve probably looked more solid in the games he’s played than they have in the other games when they’ve been conceding goals.
Manchester United Is More Solid With Paddy McNair?
I think Gillespie has a point on that one. McNair looks comfortable on the ball – having switched from midfield earlier in his career – and has proven to be a solid and reliable defender. Against Everton, he completely shutted Belgium’s powerhouse, Romelu Lukaku out of the game and later had another good game when coming in as a substitute in the Manchester derby.
Plus, the statistic does not lie too: Man Utd have won all 3 games in which Paddy McNair has started including the 1-0 clean sheet (a rare feat for United these days) against Crystal Palace last Saturday.
Louis Van Gaal has spent millions on the likes of Angel Di Maria, Anders Harerra and Radamel Falcao and United’s forward line has been fantastic. But, as evidenced in the match against Leicester City F.C, the club needs a steady defence as much as powerful forwards. Injuries have not helped Van Gaal’s cause either. Nonetheless, the Dutchman must feel a little comforted in his chest to see young McNair not only been pushed into the United first team but he has also come into an under-strength defence and immediately looked at home.
The manager has come in and spent a lot of money so it is encouraging to see the likes of Paddy given a chance.
– Paddy McNair