‘I’m really happy’ - United's Paddy McNair responds to landmark moment

Paddy McNair has reacted after the Manchester United defender was called up for his country.

Manchester United defender Paddy McNair has been speaking about his call-up to the senior Northern Ireland side.

The 19-year-old only made his debut for United last month but such was his performance against West Ham United and his subsequent showing against Everton that big things are expected of the centre-back.

McNair has been included in Michael O’Neill’s squad that will face Romania in a Euro 2016 qualifier later this month and the teenager revealed how that felt in an interview with the club's official website.

“When I was growing up, I always aimed to play for my country,” McNair said. “I’m really happy to get called up.

“I could have been involved last month for the Faroe Islands and Greece games, so it’s great I’ve been recalled to join the squad for Romania.”

McNair made his third appearance for United when he came off the bench to replace the injured Marcos Rojo against Manchester City. And following the Argentine’s injury and Chris Smalling’s suspension the Northern Irishman could get another start when United face Crystal Palace this weekend.

He has already shown that pressure does not faze him and it will be interesting to see if he can force his way into Louis van Gaal’s thinking even when all United’s defenders are fully fit and available.

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