According to reports Manchester United are set to discuss a possible new contract with centre-back Paddy McNair next week.
The 19-year-old has shot to prominence this season after making his debut in the midst of a defensive injury crisis and excelling against both West Ham United and Everton.
McNair’s current deal runs until the summer of 2015, but given his fine performances the Daily Star claims United are set to discuss an improved contract in the coming days.
Along with Tyler Blackett, McNair looks like being among the next generation of young United defenders and the emergence of both raises questions regarding the future of Chris Smalling in particular.
Phil Jones has impressed in his natural position this season while Jonny Evans’ age and experience currently means he is unlikely to leave, but if McNair continues his current development he could easily climb above Smalling in the pecking-order.
It could be argued the Northern Irishman is already ahead of Blackett given that the younger player started against Everton while the older of the two sat on the bench, and the partnership McNair is developing with Marcos Rojo is hugely promising – even if it is in its very early stages.