The 19-year old was fast-tracked into the first team this season amidst an injury crisis that has crippled United’s defence throughout the current campaign.
McNair has impressed in all his appearances so far and become an instant hero among supporters when he dealt with Romelu Lukaku with apparent ease on his debut and United have won all four games in which the Northern Irishman has started so far.
Despite his age and inexperience, McNair is aware of how training with such top class footballers day in, day out will aid his improvement as a defender.
Speaking to United Review, McNair said: “It’s hard – not great for confidence! But it’s obviously really good for me. It’s only going to make me a better defender to be playing against world-class strikers every day.
“I’m just looking forward to the season continuing and trying to get better each day. Their goalscoring records speak for themselves, so if I can stop them in training then I must be doing something right.”
If the current centre-back partnership that Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo have struck up during the last few games continues then McNair may have to make do with a seat on the bench and a return to U21 action for the time being.