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McNair set for Northern Ireland call up

Manchester United defender Paddy McNair is to be named in the Northern Ireland squad for their forthcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers.

McNair has been drafted in as a replacement for club team mate Jonny Evans who has withdrew from the squad with an ankle problem.

The 19-year-old has been capped at under 17, 19 and 21 level for his country.

He has played in the last two games for his club side due to an injury crisis in defence.

Northern Ireland face the Faroe Islands at home on Saturday and then a trip to Greece the following Tuesday.

Michael O’Neill’s side won their qualification opener 1-2 in Hungary thanks to two late strikes from Niall McGinn and Kyle Lafferty.

 

Manchester United 4-0 Queens Park Rangers

A rejuvenated Manchester United strolled past Queens Park Rangers, winning 4-0, as they intend to make Old Trafford a fortress again.

The rout started 24 minutes in when Angel Di Maria’s flighted free-kick went all the way in with Robert Green left clutching at thin air as Di Maria’s attempted cross flew past him.

Fellow summer signing Ander Herrera doubled the hosts’ advantage on 36 minutes when he swept in from the edge of the box from Wayne Rooney’s pass as a result of a rampaging run by Di Maria.

It was three just before the break when goalscorer of the second Herrera turned provider, assisting Rooney who took a touch before lashing the ball past Green from just inside the area, beating the former England goalkeeper at his near post.

Off the mark: Ander Herrera scores his first goal for his new club

Off the mark: Ander Herrera scores his first goal for his new club

Today was a day in which everything went right for Louis Van Gaal’s side, none more evident than when a totally unmarked Juan Mata turned in a wayward shot by Di Maria for 4-0 with 58 minutes on the clock.

QPR chances were few and far between but deadline day signing Niko Kranjcar came close three minutes after half time but his shot as saved by the boot of David De Gea.

Eduardo Vargas too came close, he shot wide late on after seizing on a poor back pass by Marcos Rojo.

Marquee signing Radamel Falcao came on for his Manchester United debut in the 67th minute, replacing Mata.

The Colombian had a chance to extend United’s lead ever further but he could not convert Daley Blind’s rebounded effort.

Manchester United: De Gea, Evans, Rojo, Rafael (Valencia ’67), Blackett, Di Maria (Januzaj ’82), Herrera, Blind, Rooney, Mata (Falcao ’67), Van Persie

Subs not used: Lindegaard, Shaw, Fletcher, Pereira

Queens Park Rangers: Green, Isla, Caulker, Ferdinand, Hill (Traore ’45) Kranjcar, Sandro (Henry ’74), Fer, Phillips, Austin (Vargas ’59), Hoilett

Subs not used: McCarthy, Onouha, Zamora, Taarabt

Man of the match: Angel Di Maria

Burnley 0-0 Manchester United

Louis Van Gaal is still without his first win as Manchester United Manager as newly promoted side Burnley held the Red Devils to a 0-0 draw at Turf Moor.

British record signing Angel Di Maria played 70 minutes on his debut for his new club and showed signs of promise but was replaced by Anderson after the £59.7 million man picked up a knock.

It was a game of few clear cut chances but Burnley came close on a number of occasions.

David Jones struck the bar with a free-kick just three minutes in and two minutes later Lukas Jutkiewicz had a shot saved by David De Gea after seizing on a weak Jonny Evans back pass.

Robin Van Persie came closest for the visitors but saw his half volley in the area tipped out for a corner brilliantly by former United youth product Tom Heaton.

Di Maria’s intelligent lofted through ball picked out the Dutch forward who chested the ball down before striking it with power but Heaton was equal to it.

Jones also had a dipping volley palmed out for a corner by De Gea.

Manchester United felt they had two penalty shouts in the match turned down. In the first half Ashley Young was bundled over by Kieran Trippier in the box but Chris Foy adjudged there was no malice in the challenge. Young’s reputation for diving may have gone against him.

Late on in the second half, shouts of “penalty” were heard again as the ball struck the hand of Ashley Barnes from Young’s shot not deliberately in the eyes of Foy.

Neither team created enough opportunities to be worthy of the right to claim they deserved the three points. Burnley defended in numbers well but were unable to break through a United defense that had been largely called into question in recent weeks.

Burnley: Heaton, Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Mee, Arfield, Jones, Marney, Taylor (Reid ’88), Ings (Barnes ’78), Jutkiewicz

Subs not used: Gilks, Ward, Long, Wallace, Sordel

Manchester United: De Gea, Jones, Evans, Blackett, Valencia, Young, Fletcher, Di Maria (Anderson ’70), Mata (Januzaj ’87), Rooney, Van Persie (Welbeck ’73)

Subs not used: Amos, Keane, James, Hernandez

Man of the match: David Jones

MK Dons 4-0 Manchester United

Manchester United’s woeful start to life with Louis Van Gaal got even worse as League One side MK Dons cruised to a 4-0 win at Stadium:MK.

Braces from on loan Brentford outcast Will Grigg and Benik Afobe, also on loan from Arsenal inflicted one of the most embarrassing results in Manchester United’s recent history.

The rout began 26 minutes in when a terrible pass by Jonny Evans was intercepted by Ben Reeves who cut it back for Grigg for a simple tap in.

Grigg doubled the Dons’ lead with 63 minutes played, attempting to shoulder in a cross but what turned out to be a chested effort was bundled in, the cross again provided by Reeves.

It went from bad to worse for the visitors when Afobe slotted in a third with 20 minutes left, once again Reeves the provider in what was a surprisingly easy day at the office for him.

Afobe completed the demolition when he fired home from the centre of the box to the right hand side of the goal six minutes before the final whistle.

Super Sub: Arsenal loanee came on for Grigg and bagged a brace himself

Super Sub: Arsenal loanee came on for Grigg and bagged a brace himself

Milton Keynes Dons, who finished 10th in England’s third tier last season, also had a clear penalty shout turned down in the second half with Evans guilty of a hand ball in the area.

Manchester United were woeful throughout, the likes of Anderson, Danny Welbeck an Javier Hernandez did nothing to convince Van Gaal that they merit selection in the Premier League.

Van Gaal’s Red Devils were experiencing hell themselves on a miserable night in Milton Keynes, having just four shots on target all game, all of which coming once they had gone behind and the first coming as late as an hour in.

Clueless: Van Gaal wrote lots of notes but could not figure out the answers.

Clueless: Van Gaal wrote lots of notes but could not figure out the answers.

Substitute James Wilson had the closest chance for the humbled favourites but David Martin handled it well, it was 3-0 by that point.

4-0 did not flatter MK Dons, a club founded as recently as 2004 as a result of Wimbledon FC’s liquidation and the franchise team celebrated their biggest ever attendance of 26,969.

Angel Di Maria was confirmed as a Man United player for a British transfer record of £59.7 million before kick off and the task he has on his hands to return his new club to the top is clear to him now if it wasn’t already.

MK Dons: Martin, Baldock, Lewington, Kay, McFadzean, Alli, Potter, Bowditch (Powell ’56), Reeves, Carruthers (Green ’61), Grigg (Afobe ’68)

Subs not used: McLoughlin, Spence, Randall, Hitchcock, Afobe

Manchester United: De Gea, M Keane, Evans, Vermijl, James, Powell (Wilson ’57) Janko (Pereira ’45), Anderson, Hernandez, Kagawa (Januzaj ’20) Welbeck

Subs not used: Amos, McNair, Thorpe, Zaha

Man of the match: Will Grigg