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Paddy McNair hoping for ‘dream’ debut with Northern Ireland

by Ben Topliss

Manchester United defender Paddy McNair has admitted it would be a “dream come true” if he was to earn his first Northern Ireland cap against Scotland on Wednesday.

McNair made the step up from Man United’s U21s this season and has impressed under Louis van Gaal having been thrown in the deep end.

Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill recognised the 19-year-old’s talent by calling him to the squad and is set to hand him his international debut at Hampden Park.

McNair has dreamed of representing his country and would be delighted to make his international bow.

”It would be a dream come true if that happens,” McNair said.

“As a young boy it is a dream to play for your country.

“I went to a few Northern Ireland games when I was very young but I don’t remember too much about them. I can remember the atmosphere and hoping that one day I would be out there as well, so if I can do that on Wednesday I will be very proud.”

With the departure of Danny Welbeck last summer, United fans have been delighted to see ‘one of their own’ do so well in the first-team this term.

McNair fully deserves the recognition he is getting after putting in a number of good performances at such a young age.

It is unlikely he will get much of a look in towards the end of the season given United’s crucial fixtures unless injuries strike again but McNair will be hoping to continue his good form into the next campaign and beyond.

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