Former Manchester United defender Paul McGrath believes both Tyler Blackett and Patrick McNair could grow into better players than what Manchester United could bring in during the transfer market.
Blackett was a permanent fixture in the United side at the start of the season and due to an ever-growing injury list, McNair has made five league appearances in the last couple of months.
Even with everyone fully fit, Louis van Gaal was linked with moves for World Cup winner Mats Hummels and Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen in the summer whilst Marcos Rojo joined the club from Sporting Lisbon.
Rumours have surfaced over a move for Ron Vlaar in January but McGrath isn’t sure there is anyone out there who could be as good as what the club already have with the right development.
Speaking to Mail Online, McGrath said, “Old Trafford can be a horrible, unforgiving place to learn.”
“When I see Tyler Blackett, he looks so smooth he could become a real gem but it’s whether they give him the leeway to develop.
“Everyone wants results now and pressure comes with that, which makes you nervous and leads to mistakes. I made countless mistakes but I was allowed to grow.
“Vincent Kompany is a great leader, Mats Hummels is similar but United aren’t the only ones with money any more. It may be better to nurture Phil Jones, McNair, Blackett and Smalling because they can grow into better than what is in the market.”
McGrath knows a thing or two about what it takes to be a great centre-back and his high praise for both Blackett and McNair is certainly putting his neck on the line, so he must be confident of getting a result.
With Phil Jones, Jonny Evans and Rojo still missing, both Blackett and McNair could feature again this weekend against Hull City.