Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has confirmed that Paddy McNair has signed a contract extension.
The 19-year-old defender’s previous deal, worth a reported £2,000 a week, was set to expire at the end of the season - but Van Gaal has confirmed that the teenager has committed his future to the Red Devils.
The veteran Dutch coach was quoted by the Daily Star as saying: “Paddy McNair, now, is coming from out of the youth, he has extended his contract, so he is a Manchester United player."
McNair to earn £20,000-a-week
A report by Goal.com, published last October, claimed McNair was in line to earn 10 times his previous salary after bursting onto the scene this season. If true, this would mean the Northern Ireland Under-21 international is now earning roughly £20,000 a week.
Paddy McNair was not a name familiar with too many Manchester United fans prior to the start of this season.
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Thrown into deep end
An injury crisis meant Van Gaal handed McNair his Manchester United debut against West Ham in September and the young centre-back has not looked back since.
He has made a total of 12 appearances so far this term and has been praised by fans and pundits alike for his impressive displays after being thrown into the deep end by his manager.
McNair has also been hailed for the mature manner in which he has bounced back from his poor display against Southampton at St Mary’s in December.
The youngster was substituted after just 38 minutes after being given the runaround by Southampton’s strikers, but has recovered from that ordeal to become a much stronger and wiser defender.
He demonstrated another side to his game for Manchester United’s Under-21 side against Liverpool last month, scoring the winning goal and controlling the game from a defensive midfield position - a role Gary Neville believes McNair has proved he can play.
While on Tuesday night, for Manchester United’s senior side, McNair impressed as an attacking right-sided full-back.
A versatile defender, news that United have tied the teenager down to a new deal will please the club’s supporters - and an official announcement should now be made soon.