Only 48 hours after Paul Pogba was officially confirmed as Jose Mourinho’s fourth signing of the summer, it now appears that the Manchester United exit door is about to go into full flow, as youngsters Paddy McNair and Donald Love look to be the first players heading out of the Old Trafford exit door.
Reports suggest both players have signed four year contracts at the Stadium of light in a combined deal worth an approximate £5.5m.
McNair was handed his first team debut for the Reds under former head coach Louis Van Gaal back in September 2014 against West Ham United at Old Trafford. His early impressive form led to the Irishman becoming a familiar figure in the United defence as the season wore on.
However despite figuring frequently throughout the 2014/15 campaign, McNair saw his game time significantly reduced the following season with the young defender making just a total of nine appearances in all competitions and with the new arrival of Eric Bailly it seemed almost an inevitability that McNair’s time at Old Trafford looked to be up. He has talent, that is unquestionable but hand on heart he just wasn’t good enough to be a Manchester United footballer.
Donald Love on the other hand, a promising young Scottish full-back hasn’t really been given enough first team opportunities by either Louis Van Gaal nor Jose Mourinho to cast judgement. The Scotsman was introduced to the united faithful back in February earlier this year coming on as first-half substitute for Matteo Darmian, before then making his first official start in a Red shirt five days later against FC Midtjylland in the Europa League.
Despite Love having his admires inside Old Trafford, it looked increasingly unlikely that the youngster would not be featuring in Jose Mourniho’s plans for the coming season and a move on his behalf is probably the best concerned for all parties.
So is Sunderland the right move for the pair? Heading to the North East to play under former united boss David Moyes may be the best thing that could have happened to the pair. Both will get game time and experience playing in front of forty thousand plus supporters. Even if on the pitch, it go sour it can still prove a valuable learning experience for both Love and Mcnair and one which will benefit them in the future.