Manchester United hand Paddy McNair huge pay rise

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Manchester United starlet Paddy McNair is close to agreeing a new contract with the club worth ten times his current wage, reports Goal.

The 19-year-old has found himself boosted into the first team set up at Old Trafford as a succession of injuries left Louis van Gaal with no other option. McNair played 90 minutes against both West Ham and Everton in the Premier League, helping them to wins in both.

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Young stars

McNair will follow his fellow Manchester United academy product Tyler Blackett, who is also set to sign a bumper deal with the Old Trafford club.

Blackett remains the priority for Van Gaal, but McNair has been reassured that talks will advance in the near future.

Pay rise

McNair currently earns around £2,000-a-week but the report from Goal suggests he will be offered a long-term deal worth £20,000-a-week.

"He has trained with us for a full week for the first time and he is doing great. I'm very pleased with him." - Louis van Gaal

With just 12 months remaining on his current deal, Manchester United won't want to tempt rivals into a bid by allowing the contract to run down further.

Van Gaal praise

Van Gaal has already stated his happiness with McNair's ability and was pleasantly surprised with the player's attitude after he was promoted to the first team squad.

"He [McNair] is modest and calm also," he is quoted in the same report as saying. "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."

Injury crisis

McNair's involvement in the first team may not last long as his promotion was only as a result of injuries to Phil Jones, Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling. Although McNair is highly rated at Old Trafford, he is not expected to compete with the senior members for a first team place.

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