Manchester United Keeping Tabs On This Premier League Star: Will He Be A Decent Option For Ole?

Dwight McNeil of Burnley is closed down by Trent Alexander-Arnold of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Liverpool FC at Turf Moor on August 31, 2019 in Burnley, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

According to a recent report by the Sun, Manchester United are monitoring the progress of Burnley winger Dwight McNeil ahead of a potential move in the future. It is understood that the Red Devils have already sent scouts to catch the English playmaker in action for the Clarets on quite a few occasions this season (via the Sun).

However, the Lancashire outfit are unwilling to sell but would demand around £35m for their prized asset if they change their stance in the future (via the Sun).

McNeil’s Incredible Form For Burnley This Season

The 19-year-old has made an eye-catching start to this campaign after putting in a couple of match-winning displays for Sean Dyche’s side so far. McNeil has featured in 11 matches for Burnley this term, scoring one goal while providing three assists in the Premier League. The Rochdale-born attacker has taken an average of 1.3 shots and made 1.0 key passes per game in the top tier of England (stats via whoscored).

With the busy festive coming up in English football next month, the Clarets teen sensation has the opportunity to stamp his authority and take the English top-flight by storm through hard work and consistent performances on the field. If he can do that, then it makes sense for one of the big clubs such as Man United to consider sealing a move for his services.

At this moment, it’s difficult to judge whether McNeil is simply going through a purple patch or if he is gradually transforming himself into an offensive force at Turf Moor. He has also managed to get some international experience under his belt having represented England at various youth levels.

What Are The English Wide Player’s Best Attributes?

McNeil has decent pace and can make some penetrative runs with the ball down the left flank. He is also capable of whipping in a few inviting crosses into the opposition penalty box which explains why he has three assists to his name this season. Furthermore, the English prospect is always willing to work his socks off for the benefit of his team.

Will McNeil Be A Good Option For Solskjaer?

Solskjaer needs more hard-workers like McNeil in his first-team who won’t mind giving their 100% every time they wear the Man United badge on the pitch. However, one can argue whether the English rising star has the quality and mindset to succeed at Old Trafford especially when the Red Devils released him at the age of 14 for not meeting the high standards of the club. For now, Man United will be better off keeping tabs on him before deciding whether to make a move in the future.

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