The Sun is reporting that Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez is interested in bringing Manchester United’s young 21 year-old center-back Paddy McNair to Tyneside.
It seems that Paddy may be surplus to requirements under new manager Jose Mourinho – and it’s a bit surprising since Paddy has been quite impressive when he’s played in the Red Devils first team.
Former Red Devils boss Davide Moyes – now the Sunderland manager – is keen to quickly bring new players to the Stadium of Light so it’s not altogether surprising he may return to one of his former clubs for some players.
Paddy McNair – 21 year-old top young center-back
From what we can tell it’s bad news for young players when Jose Mourinho joins a club, since he usually only wants to play the experienced players in the first team.
Newcastle already have three good young center-backs in Jamaal Lascelles, Chancel Mbemba and new boy Grant Hanley, and we have been linked again with Swedish U-21 International center-back Felip Helander today.
The news is that Rafa Benitez would be able to offer Paddy McNair more chance of playing time than he would get at the Black Cats – although that is in the English second division.
For his part, Paddy wants to convince the new manager he’s good enough to be given a chance at the Red Devils.
This is what Paddy said in the Belfast Telegraph earlier this month:
“I’m confident that I can show the manager what I’m all about.” “I believe in my ability and hopefully he likes what he sees and gives me a chance.”
Good for him.
We’d be a bit surprised if Paddy wanted to move down a level, since he already seems good enough to play at the Premier League level.
Anyway, we have also learned in the last few months that the attraction of Rafa Benitez to young players is a big one.
Paddy has played 27 times for the Red Devils first team and 11 times for Northern Ireland.