ARGYLE were given an early Christmas present when Manchester United agreed to extend defender Craig Cathcart's loan until the end of this season.

The formalities of the Northern Ireland Under-21 international centre-back's lengthened deal will be completed after Christmas.

Craig, who is not 20 until February, has featured in 17 games for the Pilgrims since making his debut at Luton in the Carling Cup in August.

He also scored his first league goal, in the 3-1 home defeat by Ipswich.