McNeil urged to snub Man Utd return due to ‘price tag’

Former Claret Steven Hewitt has urged Dwight McNeil to ignore the advances of Mancester United and remain at Turf Moor for as long as possible.

McNeil has been a regular starter for Burnley ever since his debut in 2018, having joined the the club from United four years earlier.

And his performances have been impressive enough to lead to speculation over a potential return to Old Trafford.

But Hewitt claims McNeil may not thrive under the pressure at United, and should instead stay with Sean Dyche at Burnley.

“If it was me, I would stay at Burnley,” Hewitt told Tribal Football.

“They’re not the greatest team in the Premier League, but he’s playing week in, week out, whereas if he makes a big money move to, say, Manchester United, then he’s going to have that big price tag on his head.

“That’s added pressure, and because he’d be with big players, he might have one bad game and then he’s out of the team and losing confidence.

“So me personally, I would stay at Burnley. Sean Dyche loves him, he trusts him, so I would stay at Burnley as long as possible.

“If they looked like they were getting relegated, or were relegated, then I’d say go away. Move. Get back in the Premier League.

“But he’s happy at Burnley, so just stay there for another one or two seasons. It’s not a long time, but an extra two seasons under his belt, that would be my advice.”



Hewitt’s comments echo those recently made by McNeil’s father, who said his son should not rush to make any moves.

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