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McGuinness hails ‘top-class’ Rothwell

by Ben Topliss

Manchester United Academy coach Paul McGuinness has hailed Joe Rothwell after the midfielder joined Blackpool on loan until the end of the season.

Rothwell has regularly impressed for Man United’s U21s and Blackpool manager Lee Clark has is excited having brought the 20-year-old into the club.

Blackpool are struggling at the foot of the Championship table but McGuinness believes this will help Rothwell as he continues his development and hailed his all-round ability.

Speaking about the youngster, McGuinness said: “I think Blackpool are getting an absolutely top-class player in Joe – if you went around the Premier League, you wouldn’t find many with better skills, passing, awareness, and playing on the run. He’s a very sharp and creative player. I think he’d compare to some who are playing in top teams in terms of that kind of ability.

“But he’s not in those teams – he’s just going out on loan to get experience now and that is what he needs. That’s the thing – to put him either into our first team or into another top team, he needs more experience and to prove he can do it at that level.

“I am certain he has got the ability and, to also go to a team that is struggling, will do him good. He has always been attack-orientated but needs to show he can do the defensive side of the game as well to convince managers he can do the full job in midfield.”

Rothwell’s hard working attitude and performances at U21s level have earned him plenty of plaudits from United coaches and his progress hasn’t gone unnoticed by Louis van Gaal.

The experienced Dutch manager gave Rothwell the chance to train with United’s first-team back in December and he obviously impressed enough to earn a loan move.

Rothwell’s performance in a 5-0 win over Blackburn Rovers last year in the Lancashire Senior Cup would have particularly caught the eye of van Gaal as he scored twice after coming off the bench.

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