19 year old Manchester United defender was hoping to make his international debut at the 2016 Euro Cup qualifiers but will have to put that on hold after Man United’s match against Everton on Sunday. McNair was able to play the whole match and seemed fine but he will be out three weeks with a hamstring injury.
Young McNair was going to be joining Northern Ireland’s squad for two qualifying matches against Greece and the Faroe Islands and like any other player would be he was probably up all night thinking about his first chance to play for his country. But unfortunately he will not be joining the squad until most likely the next pair of qualifying matches.
This does not only affect Northern Ireland, but it is a big blow to Louis Van Gaal and his already injury stricken squad, as McNair is the 6th defensive player on the United squad who is out injury, which consists of big names such as Luke Shaw, Johnny Evans, and Phil Jones, who are all a huge loss for United until they are healthy. Paddy McNair had a strong showing against Everton and has been looking like another big gain for United, as he could become one of the top prospects in the EPL amid a long list of defenders aging and a new generation of footballers who prefer the flashy attacking roles, driving up demand in the EPL for young defenders such as McNair. United’s defensive majority are very young, which might not help the team now, but just wait. Johnny Evans, Phil Jones, Luke Shaw, Tyler Blackett, Tom Thorpe, Marcos Rojo, and Paddy McNair are all strong defenders and they all have quite a long time left in them.
United supporters will enjoy what this defence has to offer in the next few years, and this might not be our defence completely as players do come and go, but the United squad has been moulded into shape under Louis Van Gaal who is starting to gain supporter’s confidence one win at a time. Once the young defenders are back and healthy, the United defence will begin to turn into a brick wall in front of David De Gea, who can’t be ignored after what could be his greatest defensive performance in goal on Sunday.