PLAYER PROFILE

Paddy McNair

Birthdate:27 Apr 1995
Birthplace:Ballyclare, Northern Ireland
Position:Midfielder
Joined United:01 Jul 2011

Northern Irish youngster who adapted well to playing in the centre of defence after initially arriving from Ballyclare Colts as a midfielder.

Although comfortable on the ball, he was often utilised alongside Liam Grimshaw in 2012/2013 after injury problems caused coach Paul McGuinness selection problems at the back.

His versatility has prompted McGuinness to explain that his best position will probably not be pinpointed for another couple of years, although the youngster could grow into a defensive midfield role.

As he is one of the youngest in his age group, he signed on as a third-year scholar in time for the 2013/2014 campaign and looks set to be treated carefully rather than thrust straight into Under-21 action.

However, he picked up some game-time in the UEFA Youth League - even if he was unfortunate to be sent off in the opening game against Bayer Leverkusen for two bookable offences.

Warren Joyce introduced him to his Under-21 squad and described McNair as one of the most improved players in the squad as he nailed down a regular

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