Manchester United have confirmed defenders Paddy McNair and Donald Dove have been sold to Sunderland.

Centre-half McNair and right-back Love, both 21, have put pen to paper on four-year deals at the Stadium of Light for a combined fee of £5.5million.

The duo arrive at the Black Cats as David Moyes’ second and third signings as manager, following fellow defender Papy Djilobodji from Chelsea.

Moyes said on the pair: “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.”

Donald is the less experienced of the pair. He made his professional debut less than a year ago, playing for Wigan in a loan spell which saw him make seven appearances for the Latics.

His Manchester United debut actually came against Sunderland, when he replaced Matteo Darmian early on the game, a fixture which Sunderland won 2-1 at the Stadium of Light. He then made his first start under Louis Van Gaal just days later in a loss away at FC Midtjylland in the Europa League.

On the other hand, Paddy McNair was given his chance at Old Trafford at the start of the 2014/2015 largely due to the misfortune of others, coming into their side on the back of a severe injury crisis which forced Van Gaal into looking at his youth players.

And, to his credit, McNair impressed initially and was given praise by his manager and other players, including Wayne Rooney.

McNair played a fair amount of football that season, becoming an integral part of Van Gaal’s squad, filling in either at right back or centre half depending where he was needed. Van Gaal tipped McNair to have a bright future in the game.

Unfortunately for McNair, the form of Chris Smalling and Daley Blind meant his playing time was restricted last season and, as a result, he made just three league starts.

 

 

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