Young Paddy McNair has been rewarded for his progress at Manchester United with a new two-and-a-half year contract. The rise of the young defender this season has been one of the stories of the campaign.
The 19-year-old defender has put pen to paper to stay at Old Trafford until 2017 after breaking through to the first team this season. McNair, a Northern Ireland Under-21 international, made his United debut against West Ham United in September and has gone on to make 12 appearances at either centre-back or right-back for the club.
The player was clearly over the mood after being offered a contract extension. “To make my debut for this great club earlier this season was a dream come true. I’m pleased to have signed a new contract,” McNair said.
He also thanked the manager and the clubs staffs to help him reach this height. “I have come through the academy here and I feel I am improving my game all the time with the help of the manager, the coaching staff and my team-mates” he said.
Manager Louis Van Gaal believes that Paddy Mcnair has all the attributes to become a regular for the club in the long run. He said: “Paddy has risen through the ranks to become an integral part of the first team squad.
“He has all the attributes to develop into a top player. Promoting youth players is very important both to myself and to the club and I am delighted Paddy has signed a new contract.”
After being handed a shock debut against West Ham United earlier in the season, the young defender has played majority of his games at centre half. However, in the FA cup replay win over Cambridge United, Van Gaal used him at right-back.
After seeing his impressive performance on that night, Van Gaal said last week that McNair has the potential to be United’s right-back for the next decades.