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McNair thanks United fans as he gets set for Black Cats adventure

By Staff Reporter

Published 13/08/2016

Paddy McNair praised the fans at Manchester United
Paddy McNair praised the fans at Manchester United

Former Manchester United defender Paddy McNair has paid tribute to the club's fans after completing his transfer to Sunderland.

Northern Ireland star McNair, who appeared at the Euro 2016 finals, joined United in 2011 and made 24 Premier League appearances after making his debut under Louis van Gaal in 2014.

The 21-year-old only signed a new contract last February, but has since joined up with former United boss David Moyes at Sunderland, who face Manchester City today.

The Ballyclare man was part of a £5.5m deal which saw him and Donald Love trade Old Trafford for the North East.

"I'd like to say a massive thank you to all the fans at Manchester United," he said on Instagram.

"It was my dream to play for the club and to have played at Old Trafford with the United shirt on is something I will never forget.

"Also I want to say thank you to all the staff at United who have helped me over the years, from joining as a small boy to playing in the first team.

"It was a difficult decision to leave but I want to progress and play regular first-team football at the highest level I can. I've joined a huge club in Sunderland and can't wait to get out and give my all to my new supporters."

Meanwhile, Sunderland have signed Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj on a season-long loan deal.

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