Louis Van Gaal Claims Manchester United Starlet Will Become The ‘New Gary Neville’

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Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has plenty of faith in young defender Paddy McNair…

Louis van Gaal has backed Manchester United defender Paddy McNair to establish himself as the club’s next right-back, and follow in the footsteps of iconic former player Gary Neville.

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The 19-year-old played on the right side of a four man defence during the FA Cup replay against Cambridge United last week, with the Red Devils securing their place in round five with a comfortable 3-0 win.

Now Van Gaal, who was quoted by the Daily Star, is tipping the player to make the spot his own, saying: “Maybe he shall be the right full-back of Manchester United for the next 10 years, you never know. He has the chance.”

“He has done it already in the second team [Under-21s] and has done it now at a higher level in the first-team. It is not only Paddy McNair who has impressed with his development, as I have given a lot of chances to younger players.

“But Paddy McNair has developed himself very well, not only as a central defender but now we are giving him the chance to develop as a full-back and he did it very well.”

McNair has enjoyed regular game-time under Van Gaal so far this season, both as a full-back and as a centre-back. He is now hoping to secure a starting berth at the club, and kick on with his Old Trafford career.

“I enjoyed getting down the right flank,” he said. “I actually enjoy getting forward. It was a bit different. I played there for the Under-21s and I played there for the first time [in the senior team] against Yeovil in the second half. It was good to play there.”

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