Scottish FA Performance Director Brian McClair was delighted to see U21s international Donald Love make his debut for Manchester United over the weekend.
The defender came on against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light to replace Matteo Darmian after he dislocated his shoulder 37 minutes into the game.
Louis van Gaal’s side have suffered a host of defensive injuries this season, which may result in the 21-year-old making an appearance against Midtylland at the MCH Arena.
Mclair insists Love will be thrilled that he got the opportunity to impress Louis van Gaal.
Speaking about Love, he said: “From that first moment onwards he settled in to the flow of the match, and along with United’s other young full-back (Cameron Borthwick-Jackson), he was one of United’s most attacking threats on Saturday.
“It will have been something he has dreamed about for a long time.
“To come back from his loan at Wigan and impress Louis Van Gaal enough to earn his debut is something that he will be thrilled about, as will everyone who knows him.”
Love has been a very consistent player for United’s U21s over the years and although I felt his debut was somewhat subdued, the mere fact he made it was a significant breakthrough for him.
In Guillermo Varela and Matteo Darmian‘s absence, Love has got the perfect opportunity to follow in Cameron Borthwick-Jackson‘s footsteps and establish himself in the starting XI. The fact McClair was quick to praise him is testament to how important it is for him to be in the spotlight and earning that recognition.