Former Manchester United assistant manager Phil Neville has praised Paddy McNair, who made his debut against West Ham at the weekend.
The 19-year-old was called into the side due to a defensive crisis, with senior players injured and Tyler Blackett suspended.
It was a little of a surprise to many to see McNair get the nod over 21-year-old Tom Thorpe but he acquitted himself well, winning praise from Neville as United saw out a 2-1 victory.
Big win for utd after last week hung on in there at end with 10 men - great debut by Paddy Mcnair at the back vs physical team!— Philip Neville (@fizzer18) September 27, 2014
McNair, who started his career as a midfielder in the club's academy, did not win any tackles, but he made more successful clearances (13) than any other United player.
Against a team which ranked higher in the Premier League than any other for cross completion, coming into the weekend, his contribution was vital.
While disappointing not to notch up a clean sheet on his debut, three points and simply playing all 90 minutes is a positive way to start.