Manchester United defender Paddy McNair believes that training with the likes of Radamel Falcao, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie will make him a better player.
The 19-year-old centre-back has been drafted into the United first team this season due to a number of injury concerns, and he has repaid manager Louis van Gaal’s faith in him with strong performances.
McNair trains regularly with some of the biggest players in the world, and he has now explained why he is going to become better because of that.
"It's hard – not great for confidence!” he told United Review. “But it's obviously really good for me. It's only going to make me a better defender to be playing against world-class strikers every day.
"I'm just looking forward to the season continuing and trying to get better each day. Their goalscoring records speak for themselves, so if I can stop them in training then I must be doing something right.”
As McNair correctly points out, training with the very best is going to help him improve and develop. In just five Premier League appearances this campaign, the teenager has showcased his quality, and he is only going to get better as the season progresses.
Rooney, Van Persie and Falcao are different strikers (or forwards), and training with (or against) them is going to prepare McNair of the different challengers he will face during competitive matches.