Manchester United and Jose Mourinho will be planning somewhat of a big overhaul this summer, with the new coach looking to mould the squad to be capable of fulfilling his management style. One man who has been forgotten about will be looking to make an impression on the new coach.
That’s Paddy McNair. The young centre-back had somewhat of a vital part to play during Louis van Gaal’s first season in charge, but faded away from the limelight considerably this term.
Now he is clearly looking to get back involved with Manchester United’s first team, but as a midfielder.
When asked about whether midfield is his best position, McNair said:
“I think that’s my best position,” he is quoted as saying. “I was always a midfielder playing for Ballyclare. Until I was 16 or 17 I was really small, the smallest in my age group. No joke. I was so thin and small. I looked 12 when I was 17.”
Now 21, you feel that this upcoming season is make or break for the man from Northern Ireland, and he clearly feels that the centre of the park is the best place for him to be playing.
At times, we have seen him burst forward and try to get the game moving in the right direction, but honestly, I’m not sure he’ll have a future at the club under Jose Mourinho at all.
As a midfielder you have to have the ability to spot that pass and then execute it, and I’m not certain that Paddy McNair has that in his locker.