International midfielder: Why I don’t regret leaving Man United over the summer

McNair’s outings for United’s senior team all came under Louis van Gaal and mainly in a defensive role.

That is not where either McNair or his current boss David Moyes see his future, though, with the Scot claiming his youngster was ‘very much an attacking midfielder’ following a recent brace in the EFL Cup against QPR.

“I’m not a defender; I’ve never been a defender,” McNair said.

“I filled in there a few times. Van Gaal played me there and I was happy to play there for him (but) in the back of mind I always thought, ‘No, this isn’t my position, I know I’m a midfielder’.

“I don’t play in defence any more, I’ve not played in defence in ages. I read people still calling me a defender; but I play in midfield for club and country.”

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