Benitez Interested In Top Manchester United Youngster


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

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.

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106 comments so far

  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 31, 2016 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #1

    How many young CB’s do we really need? We already have at least 4 decent young’uns if you count Lascelles, and Mbemba and the new lad Finlay, and Lubo Satka.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jul 31, 2016 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #2

    Who is this Finlay lad you mention G2?

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  • JamesToon

    Jul 31, 2016 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #3

    G2

    I agree CB should be last priority if we are gonna get one.

    Hopefully Knockaert will sign before the Fulham game if Thauvin does leave

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 31, 2016 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #4

    Let’s get a good AMF in next. I have no faith in De Jong, and I’m still not sure about Shelvey to be honest.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jul 31, 2016 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #5

    What about andreas pereira from man Utd

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 31, 2016 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #6

    Sorry I think it’s spelled Findlay Shirebrook mate. We got him from Celtic. Supposed to be impressing Beardsley already. Age 20, 6 foot 3.

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  • JamesToon

    Jul 31, 2016 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #7

    How will wolves comply with ffp? If they’re gonna be spending £30+m with hardly much money coming from any player sales surely they’ll be fined? We should be fine as we’ve made a net profit so far haven’t we and that’s not including Sissoko and Thauvin leaving

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  • SPRINGY

    Jul 31, 2016 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #8

    shirebrook
    finlay is young cb we signed a few weeks back,dont know if he was with celtic,released or contract ran out but meant to be a decent player, still young though.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jul 31, 2016 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #9

    Aahhh right. Thought it was a typo and you meant to put Hanley G2

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 31, 2016 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #10

    I would take Pereira in a heartbeat Shirebrook mate.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jul 31, 2016 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #11

    Has That been reported on SSN JT?

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jul 31, 2016 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #12

    Is he being released by Manure or has he been told he’s not wanted or something along those lines

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jul 31, 2016 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #13

    Shelley – looked like he had lost a least 2 stone Divent ask me what that is in kilos – I know he was not on the pitch long but didn’t make much difference in his performance though!!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 31, 2016 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #14

    He hasn’t been released Shirebrook mate. He scored in a friendly against Wigan this season. I think they will definitely hold on to him. Our only chance would be a loan. Not likely I’m afraid.

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 31, 2016 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #15

    Water Zenga using his contacts at wolves. Interesting to see this!!

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  • SUTTY1978

    Jul 31, 2016 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #16

    I see Forestieri scored and played the whole game for Shef Wednesday today. Doesn’t seem like he’s on the move anytime soon…

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 31, 2016 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #17

    I see why Rafa wants more players in with some clubs strengthening quite a bit. Zenga looks a good one for Wolves. Fulham will be good. Probably Brighton will be. And Derby? Who else will trouble us?

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  • SUTTY1978

    Jul 31, 2016 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #18

    Lots of Wolves fans are more concerned about being relegated than challenging for promotion. Zen garden has been at something like 15 clubs in 15 years, he’s seen as pretty clueless by most of their fans.

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  • JamesToon

    Jul 31, 2016 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #19

    Shirebrook
    He was pictured at Birmingham airport

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 31, 2016 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #20

    I hope they’re right then Sutty mate.l

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  • JamesToon

    Jul 31, 2016 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #21

    Sutty

    I agree looking at his record he looks a very poor and unproven manager, surprised they didn’t go for someone like Gary Rowett or Roberto Martinez. But they’re making decent signings and seem to have the spending power

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  • SUTTY1978

    Jul 31, 2016 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #22

    Just looked at Zenga’s wiki page, I’ve never seen the phrase “removed from his position following a string of bad results” used so often!

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  • SUTTY1978

    Jul 31, 2016 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #23

    James, should have just kept Kenny Jacket, he was promised his job was safe and he would be the manager for the season two days before being sacked and replaced by Zenga’. Wolves have new owner implosion written all over them!

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  • nufc 11

    Jul 31, 2016 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #24

    He played dm for northern Ireland in the euro’s. He defo an upgrade on colack.

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  • chiefone30

    Jul 31, 2016 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #25

    Thoughts on this lineup?

    Mitrovic

    knockaert Perez Ritchie

    Shelvey Hayden

    Anita Hanley Mbemba Jammat

    Salz

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  • JamesToon

    Jul 31, 2016 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #26

    Final team prediction for Fulham:
    4-2-3-1
    Sels
    Janmaat, Mbemba, Lascelles, Gamez
    Hayden, Shelvey
    Ritchie, Perez, Aarons
    Gayle

    Subs: darlow, Hanley, Dummett, Anita, Colback, Sissoko, Armstrong

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  • JamesToon

    Jul 31, 2016 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #27

    Actually could be Dummett at LB and Colback instead of Shelvey.

    Isn’t Mitro suspended for the first 4 games?

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  • JamesToon

    Jul 31, 2016 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #28

    Reports saying Rafa wants Knockaert to replace Thauvin and Pritchard to replace Sissoko. Decent replacements if you ask me they’ll certainly put in a lot more effort than Thauvin and Sissy, plus they’re proven at this level.

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 31, 2016 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #29

    Zenga will attract players that jackett can’t

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  • Jib

    Jul 31, 2016 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #30
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 31, 2016 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #31

    Martoon,
    138 points.
    128 goals
    7 conceded
    Dwight Gayle 46 goals
    Final
    Final.
    Winners both.
    No more said!

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  • toontaff2

    Jul 31, 2016 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #32

    Am I the only one who spotted Siem De Jong on the pitch yesterday? He was on at half time, with a fork, prodding the pitch and replacing turf. Think he suffered an arm injury after two minutes of prodding.

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  • Belfast

    Jul 31, 2016 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #33

    Aye I’m sure that’ll go down well with all the Wolves players on 10-15 grand a week.

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  • Yo-yo

    Jul 31, 2016 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #34

    It’s the anniversary of England’s only World Cup triumph.
    Alf Ramsey was less concerned with playing his 11 best players than playing his best team. At last it looks like we have a manager who is assembling a team – not just 11 saleable individual assets. So I’m not worried about the Toon galacticos leaving. Although we will still have signings who fail, at least we will have a team…

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  • JamesToon

    Jul 31, 2016 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #35

    Tbh I’d still welcome Ross McCormack, looking at the stats he can play both as a number 10 and number 9, got 9 assists as well as 21 goals, would certainly strengthen the depth of the squad as he’s proven in the championship, also made a lot of key passes for Fulham last season. Despite being 29, £12million would get us a proven goalscorer for the season

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 31, 2016 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #36

    Belfast

    It should go down well as they’ll get big money for promotion in bonuses

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 31, 2016 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #37

    James toon

    No thanks on mccormack for that price at his age

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  • Jib

    Jul 31, 2016 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #38

    James Toon you used nearly exactly the same words about Charlie Austin (5 games 1 goal last season ) last Summer.

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 31, 2016 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #39

    Jamestoon

    I can see him ending up at Norwich mate.I don’t think we have even enquired for Mccormack have we ??

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jul 31, 2016 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #40

    @James Toon

    For me we should be all over getting Mccormack he will guarantee us the goals we need and has experience and leadership qualities !

    We should not be caring about the transfer fee as his goals will help us get promoted and we would make most of the money back from another team if we were to sell him !

    Get Mccormack, Pritchard, Knockaert , Mcnair and a left back and that would be us sorted for squad depth !

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