Scottish FA director McClair praised debutant Donald Love

Former Manchester United academy director Brian McClair has hailed Donald Love following his debut for the first team.

Love made his first senior appearance for United after coming on as a substitute for Matteo Darmian in the 2-1 defeat against Sunderland on Saturday.

Former United academy chief McClair, who is the current Scottish FA performance director, is well aware of Love’s abilities and has gone on to hail the 21-year-old Scotsman for his measured performance on his debut.

McClair said: “Making your debut for such a big club like Manchester United is nerve-wracking for any player, let alone a young player in such a high-pressure environment like a Premier League match.

“He’d have no doubt been apprehensive, but he was positive in his involvement in the match.

“From that first moment onwards he settled in to the flow of the match, and along with United’s other young full-back (Cameron Borthwick-Jackson), he was one of United’s most attacking threats on Saturday.

“I think it’s a great sign of progress that he was given a chance by the manager to show what he can do.”

“With the injuries at United at the moment, he has a chance of getting more games under his belt, and I’m sure that is something that (Scotland boss) Gordon (Strachan) will be keeping an eye on.”

“He’s got a lot going for him, but overall to see a young Scottish player feature in that environment can only be a positive thing.”

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