Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is rumoured to be planning a summer bid for Sunderland youngster James McClean.
The United boss is keen on looking towards the younger generation with his transfer business in the next few years in order to preserve the future of the club when he retires. And he has been mightily impressed with emergence of Sunderland’s left-winger, who has burst onto the scene in the last month under new manager Martin O’Neill.
Creativity is an area that United have struggled with this season, with wingers Antonio Valencia, and especially Nani, not progressing as much as Ferguson would have liked.
Ideally a player like Gareth Bale would suit Manchester United’s high criteria, but he’s reportedly very happy at Tottenham and is unavailable. McClean is similar in style to Bale, with his direct, raw, approach and is open to plenty of improvement as he’s only played six games since given his chance by O’Neill.
He was seemingly surplus to requirements under former boss Steve Bruce, despite him signing him at the start of the season. Bruce used five players used in the left-wing position in the first half of the season before he was sacked and McClean’s career at Sunderland seemed to be over before it began.
But new manager O’Neill took a risk and McClean to the first team, and he repaid the faith.
The Irishman has scored two goals in his six apperances and his powerful, pacey runs down Sunderland’s left-flank have probably catapulted him to become the main outlet for the in-form side.
Of course, he has a lot to learn but his potential is massive and Fergie will be keeping a close eye on his progression.