Manchester United duo Robin van Persie and Rafael da Silva have been singing praises of debutant Patrick McNair.
The 19-year-old Northern Irishman played his first game for the Red Devils against West Ham United in the Premier League on Saturday.
Injuries to Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Jonny Evans, and suspension for Tyler Blackett meant that McNair, who started his career as a midfielder, was shoved into central defence.
The teenager did not get fazed by the occasion or the fact that United had to bounce back from a shock 5-3 defeat to Leicester City at the King Power Stadium last weekend.
McNair gave a very mature performance and also made a match-winning clearance in the second half, and Van Persie was delighted with his display, highlighting a key area in which he excelled.
‘Paddy did great’, Van Persie told MUTV. ‘I know how hard it is to make your debut. I made mine in Holland for Feyenoord and he made his for Manchester United in front of 75,000 people, at home, in a difficult period.
‘He did really well on the ball. His decision-making was great and defensively he stood up well. It was great for him’.
Rafael, who played alongside McNair in defence against the Hammers, added: He played very well, he played some fantastic football and everyone is really pleased with him. He should keep working hard because he has a big future’.
McNair’s performance against West Ham on Saturday will make it hard for United manager Louis van Gaal to drop him against Everton next Sunday.