Paddy McNair hoping to impress Jose Mourinho at Euro 2016

by Sam Peoples

Paddy McNair is hoping to impress Jose Mourinho if he gets the opportunity to play for Northern Ireland at Euro 2016.

The 21-year-old old defender only made five appearances for Manchester United this season having disappeared back into the U21s set-up after breaking through into the first-team.

On the other hand, he’s been doing well on the international scene with Northern Ireland in a defensive midfield role and wants to get into Mourinho’s plans by playing well this summer.

“He’s a world class manager. He’s worked at massive clubs and worked with some of the best players in the world,” McNair said.

“Obviously, I’ll be looking to impress. If I’m playing (in France) hopefully he can watch me and make his opinion of me there. Pre-season will be another chance to impress.

“My aim is to train well and try and impress the new manager. Hopefully he can also give me tips to make me a better player.

“If he likes you as a player he likes you. If he doesn’t he doesn’t. I’ll try my hardest to impress. That will be my aim.”

There are plenty of top talents coming through our academy but in terms of long-term prospects I think I’d put McNair more in the Tyler Blackett mould rather than Timothy Fosu-Mensah.

McNair isn’t a good enough centre-back to start any time soon for United and we’re almost certainly going to buy a new top class defender and probably midfielder, so his limited opportunities are set to become even more sparse.

That being said, his best performances for Northern Ireland have come in defensive midfield so that is probably where he’d be looking to make an impact if he can.

Personally, I’m not even sure McNair will be here next summer but everybody does have a clean slate with Mourinho coming in so who knows, maybe Paddy will surprise us all and become a regular for United next season.

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