Paddy McNair hailed by Paul McGrath

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Manchester United defender Paddy McNair has been labelled as ‘incredible’ by former Reds star Paul McGrath, who believes the Irishman could become a United great.

The 19-year-old has enjoyed a solid breakthrough season at United, and has been frequently used by manager Louis van Gaal this term. The centre-back has made 14 first-team appearances this season, and has also been rewarded with a new contract that will see him stay at the club until June 2017.

Future hero

And it was his performance at Chelsea that stood out to former hero McGrath, who believes the youngster could become an Old Trafford hero.

Speaking to the club’s official website, McGrath said: "I thought he was incredible against Chelsea. He showed a maturity level that I would never have shown at that age.

“If a space opens up in front of you as a defender and you know you’re quick enough to go through it without getting caught, then you should go through it.

“He did that a few times at Chelsea and even tested Courtois with a shot. He seems to be very comfortable with the ball at his feet,” he added.

Taking your chances

McNair started the game ahead of United pair Marcus Rojo and Chris Smalling, who were both absent through injury.

Jonny Evans returned for the Manchester United U21’s on Monday, and following his promising performance, calls have been made for McNair to retain his place in the starting XI for Sunday’s clash against Everton.

Fight for second

Despite McNair’s performance, United lost the game at Stamford Bridge thanks to Eden Hazard’s low strike, which all but ends United’s hope of securing the title this season.

Louis van Gaal’s side currently sit in third in the Premier League, only one point behind Arsenal.

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