Manchester United's Paddy McNair in action
Sunderland sealed the signings of Manchester United duo Paddy McNair and Donald Love earlier today, the club announced on their official website.
Love made his first start for the Red Devils in a loss at the Stadium of Light earlier this year, but McNair was the more high profile of the two and a Northern Ireland international.
Manchester United's Ashley Young, Donald Love and Andreas Pereira
McNair broke through into the United first team in Louis van Gaal's first season in charge, and established himself as a useful squad player for the Red Devils.
With United not blessed in terms of depth defensively it is a little of a surprise to see them willing to allow McNair to allow so easily, but manager Jose Mourinho evidently felt letting the defender leave was the fairest decision.
Manchester United's Paddy McNair shoots at goal
He is just 21-years-old and can feature in midfield as well as defence, and United will hope they do not go on to regret letting him leave.
Northern Ireland's Paddy McNair in action with Poland's Artur Jedrzejczyk
Here is a look at how Manchester United fans reacted to news of McNair's sale...
I like McNair I'd keep him for this season when the Europa fixtures start causing a pile up #mufc— Ben Charlwood (@escapehere) August 10, 2016
£5.5m is the new £500,000.— Mr Mak (@MrMak_) August 11, 2016
Good pocket change for McNair/Love #MUFC
Nice to see McNair getting a move. Very good defender can 100% establish himself as a Premier League defender. Good luck to both!#MUFC— Nidge18 (@Nidge18) August 11, 2016
Might have paid £89 million for Pogba but just received more money for McNair and Love than we paid for Zlatan. Transfer geniuses #mufc— Liam (@_wigwam) August 11, 2016
Sad to see two academy products leaving but all the best to Paddy McNair and Donald Love. #MUFC— Craig David (@craigbryandavid) August 11, 2016