Manchester United have confirmed the departures of Paddy McNair and Donald Love to Sunderland AFC.
Moving to the north east, both will hope for regular first team football, with competition for places at United seemingly fiercer than ever.
That battle for places stems from this summer’s signing of Eric Bailly, who joins Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind as potential centre-back options.
Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian will fight for the right-back position, as McNair and Love are capable of playing there or in the middle.
Both have also had stints in central midfield, another area of strength at Old Trafford especially after Paul Pogba’s return.
They were part of Warren Joyce’s U21 title winning side for the past two seasons, which put them on the verge of the first team.
McNair, 21, made 24 appearances for United, and has represented Northern Ireland in a healthy 11 games, impressive at such a young age, including a taste of tournament football at this year’s European Championships.
As for Love, also 21, he has made five appearances for Scotland U21s, but he made just two first team appearances for United, one of which was his debut as a substitute against Sunderland, replacing the injured Darmian in February’s 2-1 loss.
The move to the Stadium of Light represents a chance for both to establish themselves as regulars in the top flight, after the Black Cats avoided relegation last season.
Moyes has a decent track record of spotting and bringing through emerging talent, and he will hope to do the same after returning to the Premier League with a point to prove.
We wish both McNair and Love all the best in their future careers.