2 key-passes; 2 tackles: Paddy McNair surprise performer in United victory over Burnley

Manchester United

Paddy McNair emerged as one of Manchester United's top performers on Wednesday evening.

Manchester United moved up to third in the Premier League with a 3-1 victory over an unfortunate Burnley at Old Trafford on Wednesday evening.

Chris Smalling's first half double, either side of Danny Ings' diving header, was ultimately enough for the Red Devils, and Robin van Persie rubber stamped the points with a late penalty.

It also proved to be a very solid game for the man Louis van Gaal suggests could be the Red Devils' right-back for the next decade. During some calamitous Manchester United defending, youngster Paddy McNair kept his head to ensure a positive performance and a good night.

  Mins PlayedTotal PassesPass Accuracy (%)Key PassesCross Accuracy (%)TacklesInterceptionClearances
Patrick McNair 90 59 85 2 100 2 2 6

The 19-year-old proved a willing fighter during long spells of immense Burnley pressure and, despite experiencing a difficult evening courtesy of the impressive Michael Kightly, he will have emerged with his head held high.

McNair won two of three attempted tackles (67% success rate), while making two interceptions and six clearances. He was less impressive in an aerial capacity, however, winning just a single headed duel, despite attempting four (25% success rate)

Not only did he weigh in at the back, the Northern Irishman was full of energy going forward. He stung Tom Heaton's gloves from distance to win the corner that led to Chris Smalling's opening goal, while chipping in with an impressive two key passes in the final third.

He proved wasteful in possession at times, but on the whole his distribution was pretty good. Having completed 84.8% of his attempts to find a teammate, while finding success in his only attempted cross, he clearly boasts the raw talent required for future improvement.

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