Paddy McNair to be handed shock Manchester United call-up - transfer roundup

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19-year-old Paddy McNair of Manchester United.

He’s not a footballer you’re likely to have heard much about, nor he is a proven talent in the Premier League but that doesn’t look set to stop Louis van Gaal from calling him up to his senior squad for this weekend’s fixture against West Ham, as the Dutchman seeks to get around the current injury crisis plaguing his side.

McNair introduction

According to the Guardian McNair, who has never featured for the Red Devils first-team, is set to be drafted in following the news that Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones are all doubts for the match.

With Tyler Blackett suspended for the game Van Gaal has been left short at the back and even if he decides upon a 3-5-2 formation, he will struggle to field a back-line possessive of experienced heads.

The pressure is steadily growing at Old Trafford in the wake of another poor start, with last weekend’s capitulation away at Leicester City having prompted fears that though Van Gaal has massively strengthened the attack, the defence remains painfully weak.

Toni Kroos rejection

In other news the new United boss may be a source for frustration himself amongst the fans, after it was revealed late last night that Toni Kroos vetoed a move to United due to his introduction.

Sensational reports claim that the German midfielder had an agreement in place with David Moyes, only to back out of it when Van Gaal was named as his replacement. Kroos eventually joined Real Madrid after months of speculation, but ask any United fan and they’ll likely tell you he would have probably been of great benefit to them in the Premier League.

The World Cup winner ranked amongst the most important players in Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich squad, as well as being a midfield lynchpin in a star-studded Germany setup. 

Marco Reus wait

Every cloud has a silver lining though, and on this occasion it comes from another star who has made his name in the Bundesliga.

The latest rumours from Germany suggest Marco Reus is stalling on signing a new deal with Borussia Dortmund because he’s waiting to see what a group of clubs - United being one of them - are prepared to offer him. It's likely to have Jurgen Klopp sweating over the playmaker's future, with Reus sitting firmly as the German outfit's best player given the recent exit of Robert Lewandowski.

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