After Aleksandar Mitrovic signed on the dotted line earlier today, Steve McClaren said that he can’t wait to start working with him.

Indicating that fans shouldn’t expect too much too soon, the Newcastle Head Coach said that they will give the striker ‘however long it takes to adapt to the Premier League’.

Despite the £12.5m price tag and hype surrounding Mitrovic, it is important to remember that the forward is only 20 years old and stepping up from a far weaker league.

Unlike certain managers who have gone before, let’s hope that Steve McClaren will stick to his guns and leave Mitrovic on the bench at times, if he believes it is in the best interests of the longer term.

The former England boss says that Newcastle had to fight off many other clubs for the player’s signature and believes he is an ideal signing for United.

Much has been said about Aleksandar Mitrovic being a ‘character’ but McClaren says he is only interested in goals and performances.

Steve McClaren talking to the club’s official TV channel:

“It has been a long process and a lot of opposition for his signature and we are delighted he has made the step to us. Again, a statement of intent that the club wants to go forward.

“He brings goals, he brings potential, he’s got talent – I think that is an ideal signing profile for the football club and we want to develop him. Bring him in and give him the experience and however long it takes to adapt to the Premier League.”

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A character?:

“A character? I prefer goals and performances than character but if character goes together with that then fine.

“He is a young player and very confident, already an international, so we can’t wait to start working with him – help him to improve and help our team to win.”