After a starring performance at right-back in Manchester United’s 3-0 FA Cup win over Cambridge United on Tuesday night, defender Paddy McNair has told the club’s official website that he’s willing to “play anywhere”.
McNair, 19, made his first-team debut at centre-back in September’s 2-1 Premier League win over West Ham United after a spate of injures hit the team’s backline, and has since gone on to make 10 further appearances for Louis van Gaal’s side.
Having first joined United in 2011 as a midfielder, the Northern Irishman further proved his impressive versatility in the fourth-round replay at Old Tafford, making the start on the right-hand side of the back-four, where he briefly deputised in the previous round against Yeovil Town.
Getting forward with impressive aplomb to deliver a number of teasing crosses, as well as coming close to scoring just before half-time with a thumping volley, it was an outing which had the youngster admitting that he’s more than happy to continue in the unfamiliar role moving forward.
"I’ll play anywhere – if I’m asked to play up front, I’ll play up front. I’m just enjoying the experience,” he said.
“I thought my shot was going in, and it was actually one of my good friends, Cameron McGeehan, who cleared it off the line, so I’m not going to let him forget about that one!
“We spoke a bit before the game and I didn’t give much away, but it was good to play against him."
McNair has endured a few minor setbacks this season, including being taken off in the 39th-minute of December’s 2-1 win at Southampton after a nervous showing, but his future at Old Trafford is certainly bright.
Furthermore, with Antonio Valencia and Rafael far from established options for Van Gaal, there might just be the chance for him to earn the starting right-back job on a regular basis over the coming weeks if he continues to impress.