Official: Manchester United agree a deal for duo with Premier League side

Official: Manchester United agree a deal for duo with Premier League side


Sunderland have announced the signing of Manchester United duo Paddy McNair and Donald Love for a combined fee of £5.5m.

Both players have signed 4-year deals with the Black Cats that will see them remain at the Stadium of Light until the summer of 2020.

Former Manchester United manager David Moyes has expressed his delight at securing the signatures of the versatile defenders, saying they’re “long-term” signings.

Moyes said: “Paddy is a young, athletic player who is improving all the time. He has experience for Northern Ireland and we want to bring as many international players to the club as we can.

“Donald comes highly recommended and is another young player who I hope can develop and improve here.

“I want to add some young players to the squad as well as some senior players and both of them have got really good potential and the opportunity to improve.

“I want to bring in players who are here for the long-term as well as the short and hopefully these two are here for the long-term.”

21-year-old McNair, who can play at centre-back, right-back and also in midfield, made 2 appearances for Northern Ireland at Euro 2016 this summer.

McNair joined United 5 years ago from Northern Irish side Ballyclare Colts, but will now continue his career on Wearside. 21-year-old Rochdale-born left-back Donald Love has made the same move.

Love, who made his first-team United debut in February, leaves the Red Devils after 14 years at the club.

It was clear neither player was going to play regularly in Mourinho’s team this season, so both players can be happy with the move to another Premier League side, where they are likely to get more chances to shine.