Who is Donald Love? All you need to know about Man United starlet linked with Sunderland

Donald Love (right) in action for Wigan
Donald Love (right) in action for Wigan
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Sunderland have been linked today with a double swoop for Manchester United duo Paddy McNair and Donald Love.

The young defenders have been offered to David Moyes as he looks to strengthen his Black Cats squad.

Both players made their debuts for United after Moyes had left, but he could decide to sign the duo amid claims Lamine Kone is on the verge of a move to Everton.

McNair is a Northern Ireland international who featured at Old Trafford under Louis van Gaal, but little is known of Love. So who is he?

Donald Alistair Love was born in Rochdale on December 2, 1994.

He joined Man United at the tender age of seven after being watched by Sir Alex Ferguson and made his way through the Old Trafford ranks before breaking into the Under-18 set-up in the 2011/12 season.

Love penned professional terms in 2013 as he stepped into the Under-21 squad but injuries severely hampered his progress over the next couple of years.

He made his first-team debut in February at, of all places, the Stadium of Light, coming on as a half-time substitute for Matteo Darmian. A few days later he started the Europa League clash against FC Midtjylland.

The 21-year-old became the 250th graduate from United's academy.

His natural position is at right-back, but he has played in the centre of defence and left-back for United's youth sides as well as filling in in midfield.

Love joined League One Wigan at the beginning of October, playing eight games on loan with the Latics.

He is a Scotland Under-21 international after playing at Under-17 and Under-19 level. He qualifies to play for Scotland through his grandmother.