Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal believes Paddy McNair could be the club’s right back for the next ten years after his impressive performance against Cambridge United showed how much he has developed this year.
McNair played at right-back for the U21s in the week before and showed his versatility in a role he was unfamiliar with and Van Gaal feels he could establish himself there in the first team for many years to come.
Speaking about his role, Van Gaal said: “McNair has developed himself very good and now we are giving him the chance to develop as a right wing back.
“He did it very well in the U21s and now at a high level in the first team.
“Maybe he can be right-back for Man United for the next ten years. You never know.”
High praise indeed from Van Gaal for a player who no United fan would have expected to see in the first-team squad this season.
McNair produced a Man of the Match performance against Cambridge and caused real problems for the League Two side on the right flank. He also wasn’t afraid to come inside and create things himself.
There have been subsequent calls for him to start against West Ham United on Sunday. Fans might have thought the Hammers would be too physical for McNair to play but these latest comments by Van Gaal indicate he’s more than happy to keep McNair in his starting XI.