New Sunderland signing Paddy McNair reveals his best position after leaving Manchester United

Paddy McNair (left)
Paddy McNair (left)
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David Moyes has pledged to take new signing Paddy McNair’s game to the next level - and the Northern Ireland international is relishing the challenge.

McNair and former Manchester United teammate Donald Love have completed their move to Sunderland for a combined £5.5million fee.

The 21-year-old’s have both signed four-year contracts and are expected to be in the squad at Manchester City.

Northern Ireland international McNair, who is targeting regular first football under Moyes, broke through at Man United as a central defender but believes his best position is in midfield.

“I spoke to the manager and as soon as I spoke to him I wanted to come straight away,” said McNair.

“I was in the youth team when he was in charge so I didn’t have too much contact with him but I am now looking forward to working with him.

“When I spoke to him, he was speaking about players and said he can make me a far better player and I am looking forward to that challenge.

“It is a new chapter in my career and I am looking forward to getting started.

“Last year I didn’t play as much first team football as I would have liked.

“I went to the Euros, which was a fantastic experience and one I will never forget, and now I am after first team football and looking forward to the season ahead.

“I think fans will see me more as a midfield player, I think that is my best position,” added McNair to the club website.

Scotland under-21 international Love, who can play at full-back or in midfield, made his senior debut for Manchester United last season against Sunderland. He also spent time on loan at Wigan Athletic.

McNair added: “Me and Donald have been friends since the age of 12, it is good for both of us that we are here together.

“My career took off two years ago and I don’t want to look back now. I want to get regular football and win trophies.”

Moyes said: “Paddy is a young, athletic player who is improving all the time. He has experience for Northern Ireland and we want to bring as many international players to the club as we can. Donald comes highly recommended and is another young player who I hope can develop and improve here.

“I want to add some young players to the squad as well as some senior players and both of them have got really good potential and the opportunity to improve. I want to bring in players who are here for the long-term as well as the short and hopefully these two are here for the long-term.”