Manchester United’s Paddy McNair has a defensive nightmare in Bournemouth defeat

by Leo Nieboer

Paddy McNair produced a woeful display at the back in Manchester United’s 2-1 defeat against Bournemouth on Saturday.

In the midst of a defensive injury crisis (doubts were raised regarding McNair’s fitness prior to today’s game), the Northern Irishman looked painfully shaky all evening.

This is emphasised further when you take a look at his stats: 40% tackle success, 50% aerial battle success, 1 interception, 0 blocks.

More generally, though, McNair, taking up the responsibility of replacing the brilliance of Chris Smalling, never looked assured on the ball and was dreadfully outpaced by Bournemouth’s attack on numerous occasions, especially by former Man United player Joshua King. He was, sadly, a terrible contrast to the strong and composed Smalling.

However, at just 20 years old, playing alongside two academy players in a physical, rather hostile atmosphere, it was never going to be a walk in the park for McNair.

And despite today’s shambles, McNair has proved on several occasions that he is United material. More time around the first XI will surely see the youngster improve and eradicate jittery performances like today.

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