Man United defender used in midfield by country

Manchester United defender Paddy McNair has been backed to play in midfield after an outing in the boiler room for Northern Ireland.

The young defender has been given a chance at Old Trafford on occasion by Louis van Gaal over the last two season, predominantly as as a central defender or at right-back.

However, with Northern Ireland struggling with injuries in the centre of the park, the youngster was given a chance to feature in the boiler room in the 1-1 draw with Wales.

McNair put in a confident display and looks set to play a role for his country in Euro 2016 this summer as Northern Ireland take on Poland, Ukraine and Germany in a difficult-looking Group C.

National manager Michael O’Neill has stated that McNair’s best position is in midfield and that his future for Northern Ireland could be in the centre of the park.

“I think that’s his best position, where we played him,” BBC Sport quote the manager as saying.

“I was really pleased with him. He was a physical presence but he showed his quality on the ball.

“He just needs to get used to playing at this level. I enjoyed him in there in that midfield with Davis and Norwood.”

Northern Ireland will play in the European Championships for the first time in 30 years.

 


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