Manchester United's 19-year-old centre-back Paddy McNair is set to sign a contract extension that would see him earn ten-times his current weekly wage, according to Goal.
Born in Antrim, Northern Ireland, McNair was thrown into the first team by United manager Louis van Gaal in the aftermath of a major defensive crisis which saw first choice defenders Chris Smalling, Jonny Evans and Phil Jones out with injuries and young Mancunian defender Tyler Blackett suspended.
Surprisingly, McNair showed maturity beyond his age and produced solid and composed displays both against West Ham United and Everton in the Premier League. The Northern Ireland U-21 international drew huge praise from United fans after a vital yet an inspiring exhibition of a headed clearance inside the box against West Ham.
Van Gaal praise
Manager Van Gaal is believed to be very impressed with the starlet and is prepared to offer him a new contract. McNair is currently on a meagre £2,000-a-week contract which has 12 months remaining.
"He [McNair] is modest and calm also," Van Gaal told MUTV prior to the win over Everton.
"Normally, when you are playing in the first team for the first time, you are quiet. That is the case with most players, so it's no big surprise.
"What is more important is he knows what he is doing and why he is doing it. He has trained with us for a full week for the first time and he is doing great. I'm very pleased with him," he added.
The future looks promising
McNair, who is currently sidelined with an unfortunate hamstring injury he picked up in training, is tipped to feature heavily for United at the heart of defence in the coming years. Blackett too is set for a contract renewal, after impressing Van Gaal with solid displays at the back.
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