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Dwight McNeill's dad urges him to reject Man Utd and stay at Burnley

The 20-year-old starlet has been linked with a move away from the Clarets, with Old Trafford a potential destination

 
11:35am on Friday 12th June 2020
By
Martin Macdonald

Burnley winger Dwight McNeill has been urged to stay with the club to continue his development rather than move to Manchester United.

In 2019/20 McNeill has enjoyed a excellent season with the Clarets, scoring two goals and assisting five more to earn a FootballCritic form rating of 78.

A keen dribbler of the ball, he is a throwback to the wingers of yesteryear as he strives to hit the byline and get crosses into the area for the attackers.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who is keen to add speed and youth to his Man Utd squad this summer, is reportedly an admirer. McNeill had been in United's youth set-up as a boy and if he listens to his dad, the return to Old Trafford won’t happen anytime soon.

“He's doing really well,” the player’s father commented to The Sun.

“It would be best for him to stay put at the moment and go that way. That’s instead of him going to a top team and just sitting there and getting drip fed into it. He's got to keep working hard and listening to his manager and coaches.

“I believe with improvement he can be good enough for the top teams.”

Another who has provided advice to McNeill is former Burnley star Kieran Trippier, who made the move from the Clarets to Tottenham before eventually signing for Atletico Madrid last summer.

“Dwight has burst onto the scene, and when he trained with us last season for England he was brilliant,” Trippier told the Burnley Express.

“He’s got to stay focused, keep performing well while he’s young, and his time will come.

“I’d say ‘don’t rush anything, just keep playing’ and Dwight is at the right club to do that. He just needs to keep playing games, because that’s the most important thing for somebody his age.

“He’s got the right manager to guide him and he’ll be in no rush to go anywhere. If I was him I’d stay put and keep playing games.”

Burnley return to competitive action on 22 June against Man City as the Premier League recommences after the three-month break.

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