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Paddy McNair: I'll shine for new boss Jose Mourinho at Manchester United

by Steven Beacom

Northern Ireland star Paddy McNair has declared that he is relishing the challenge of impressing new Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.

And the 21-year-old from Ballyclare believes he has the ability to shine under the 'Special One' at Old Trafford.

McNair is set to travel with the United squad to China today where the Red Devils will face Borussia Dortmund and Pep Guardiola's Manchester City in glamour pre-season friendlies.

On the trip the versatile McNair, who played in two games for his country in the Euro 2016 finals, intends showing Mourinho what he can do.

"It is a new challenge for me and one that I'm really looking forward to," McNair told the Belfast Telegraph. "I'm confident that I can show the manager what I'm all about. I believe in my ability and hopefully he likes what he sees and gives me a chance.

"I'll be working hard in training during pre-season and if I get a chance to play in any games that will be a good opportunity for me to show what I'm made of."

McNair is also excited about the future with Northern Ireland and having relished being part of the action in Euro 2016 in France, he wants to feature in more tournaments.

McNair, capable of playing in defence or midfield, said: "I'm 21 and hopefully I can continue playing for Northern Ireland for another 15 years. Hopefully we'll qualify for more tournaments in that time."

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