Louis Van Gaal believes Paddy McNair could become permanent fixture at Old Trafford

Paddy McNair in action against Tottenham's Harry Kane
Paddy McNair in action against Tottenham's Harry Kane

Louis van Gaal has tipped Northern Ireland defender Paddy McNair to have a bright future at Old Trafford.

Van Gaal believes the Ballyclare youngster could become a permanent fixture in the Manchester United backline for the next decade.

The United boss told MUTV that McNair is one of many youngsters with a bright future ahead.

“It is not only Paddy McNair who has impressed with his development, as I have given a lot of chances to younger players,” Van Gaal said.

“But Paddy McNair has developed himself very well, not only as a central defender but now we are giving him the chance to develop as a full-back and he did it very well.

“He has done it already in the second team [Under-21s] and has done it now at a higher level in the first-team.

“Maybe he shall be the right full-back of Manchester United for the next 10 years, you never know.

“He has the chance.”