Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has hailed the club’s young defender Paddy McNair.
The 19-year-old made his debut for the club against West Ham United and impressed in the heart of their defence to help Louis van Gaal’s side to a 2-1 victory.
McNair started the match alongside summer signing Marcos Rojo and along with fellow debutant Luke Shaw the Northern Irishman excelled.
Rooney has since gone on record to reveal what he thought of his young teammate’s performance in an interview with United’s official website.
“It won’t get much tougher in terms of physical strength and aggression against him,” Rooney said, “but he dealt with it well and we are all delighted with him.
“I saw the clearance he made at the end. I thought he was tremendous for us.”
It will be interesting to see how many appearances McNair makes this season, given that Jonny Evans, Phil Jones and Tyler Blackett should soon all be available once more.
But the latest teenager to be given a first-team chance at the club has shown he is more than up to the task, and that can only bode well for both him and his club.