Manchester United appear to have finally recognised that the club need to sign a right winger. ESPN report this is now a transfer market priority.
Hours later The Sun claimed United are keeping tabs on Burnley’s Dwight McNeil.
McNeil was on United’s books as a youngster before being released at 14.
To his credit he has bounced back and become a Premier League regular, with Burnley.
McNeil has started 11 games this season, scored one goal against Chelsea and provided three assists.
Last season he netted three goals and registered five assists. He has been called into England’s under-21 squad.
The links to McNeil have not gone down particularly well though. It is an example of United’s perceived insular scouting policy, with the club yet to sign a player from abroad since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed.
Signing a player from Burnley as opposed to Bayern Munich or Barcelona is a lot less attractive, even if it is more practical.
It’s not fair to blame McNeil for United’s transfer policies, but fans are not impressed with the rumour.
If there is one selling point then it is that McNeil is a United lad. Bringing him back would undo an error made by letting him leave.
He told the Burnley Express: “One of my favourite players was Ryan Giggs. I’d always have his number on my back.
“I always watched him, dribbling, using his left foot, he was unbelievable, crossing, taking people on, scoring. I think he was a great role model for me growing up.”
It’s worth paying him some more attention between now and January.
At 19, he is further ahead in his development than Tahith Chong who is the same age, playing regularly in the Premier League rather than the Dutchman’s bit-part role.
He is not top class yet, but that does not mean he won’t be, but Burnley’s reported asking price of £35 million certainly looks steep.
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