Patrick McNair will retain his place in Manchester United’s starting line-up for the Premier League clash against Everton at Old Trafford on Sunday.
The 19-year-old defender made his first-team debut for the Red Devils against West Ham United at Old Trafford last weekend and gave a very good display in the 2-1 win.
With United still struggling with injuries, manager Louis van Gaal has said that the Northern Irish teenager will start against the Toffees.
Paddy McNair will play vs Everton. Van Gaal: "He's the only one who can play in the right-sided defensive position. He played very well."— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 3, 2014
Van Gaal on Sunday's selection dilemma: "We have eight injuries and one suspension, so nine players are not available." #mufc— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 3, 2014
More: "You can be fit but not match fit. Herrera is fit but can't play because of his rib pressure. Fellaini's not yet fit to play 90 mins."— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 3, 2014
Phil Jones has not yet recovered fully and won't feature in Sunday's game against Everton. #mufc— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 3, 2014
Van Gaal himself has hinted that the £37.1 million star could feature against Everton, telling reporters on Friday: ‘Juan Mata has played very well in his [Rooney's] position," stated van Gaal at the pre-match press conference.
‘I have to choose. I will miss Wayne because he is the captain of the team but Mata can also play very well’.
Rooney’s absence against Everton means that United will have a new captain on the pitch. But who will it be?