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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho set to ship Paddy McNair out on loan

By Steven Beacom

Northern Ireland star Paddy McNair is set for a move away from Manchester United as part of new manager Jose Mourinho's plan to trim his squad for the coming season.

The favoured option for the 21-year-old would be to go out on loan, though if any clubs come up with a transfer fee United will listen to offers for the versatile youngster from Ballyclare.

Before United's pre-season Far East tour, McNair said he was keen to impress Mourinho, but it seems he has not been given the chance.

McNair is one of several players not expected to be around this season at Old Trafford with Mourinho getting ruthless prior to the arrival of French midfielder Paul Pogba from Juventus for a world record fee approaching £100 million.

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McNair will have no shortage of takers on loan with Burnley interested. Celtic have also been linked with a temporary move for the Northern Ireland player.

There are suggestions that midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, who won the World Cup with Germany in 2014, will be sold along with youngsters Adnan Januzaj, Will Keane and Tyler Blackett with Brazilian Andreas Pereira likely to go out on loan.

While McNair contemplates his future, Northern Ireland team-mate Aaron Hughes has decided his for the next year by signing for Indian Super League outfit Kerala Blasters, who are co-owned by cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar.

Former Northern Ireland coach Stephen Robinson had hoped to persuade Hughes to join him at Oldham, but the 36-year-old has opted for a surprise switch to India, which is making a bid to take football in the country to new levels.

The 12-month contract for Hughes, who has won 103 caps and played three times in the Euro 2016 finals for his nation, follows the veteran being released by Melbourne City in April.

Ex-Manchester City and Crystal Palace boss Steve Coppell is the coach of Kerala Blasters, who don’t start their season until October.

Long before then Hughes will have made a decision about his international future. Coppell is looking forward to working with the ex-Newcastle, Aston Villa and Fulham ace, who will bring experience on and off the pitch.

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