Michael O’Neill is happy to start Paddy McNair in their Euro 2016 qualifier against Romania with Northern Ireland looking to make it four wins from their first four games.
McNair, 19, has only played for United three times but his performances against West Brom and Everton were enough for O’Neill to bring him into the Northern Ireland squad.
It’s some fast-track progress for McNair but O’Neill insisted he would have no issues using him against Romania.
“Paddy basically came from obscurity to United’s first team and he has coped brilliantly,” O’Neill said.
“We have known about Paddy for a long time. In many ways he has been fast-tracked but he has shown he has the qualities to perform at that level.
“I would have no issues with putting him in the side if we needed to because he was able to cope coming into the Manchester derby on Sunday with no problems.”
McNair’s call-up is certainly extremely quick given how few appearances he has made for United but regardless of if he plays, the experience of going away his national team will no doubt help him.
It’s been a fine season of progress for McNair through the ranks and if he can build on his impressive first two appearances back at United, it would give Louis van Gaal some much needed good news in defence.