A fee in the region of £5.5m was agreed between Sunderland and Man United which sees the pair join David Moyes’ side.
It’s a good move for both of them because they will get plenty more Premier League game time under Moyes and in terms of their own careers it’s the next big step for them.
— Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) August 11, 2016
Speaking about the signings, Moyes said: “Paddy is a young, athletic player who is improving all the time. He has experience for Northern Ireland and we want to bring as many international players to the club as we can.
“Donald comes highly recommended and is another young player who I hope can develop and improve here.
“I want to add some young players to the squad as well as some senior players and both of them have got really good potential and the opportunity to improve. I want to bring in players who are here for the long-term as well as the short and hopefully these two are here for the long-term.”
Overall, I think it’s the right move from United’s perspective as well. Love and McNair were not going to get any game time this season because they were far down the pecking order at United, so it would have been unfair to keep them around without playing them.
There will be critics who immediately see this as Mourinho selling the youth but neither player was going to be in our first-team plans this season, so it’s a correct decision for all parties.
Good luck to both Donald and Paddy at Sunderland.