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McNair reveals he defied Mourinho to seal permanent move away from United

Date Posted,March 27, 2017

Former Manchester United defender Paddy McNair has revealed he defied boss Jose Mourinho to seal a permanent move away from Old Trafford.

Northern Irishman McNair left the Red Devils for Sunderland in a £5.5million switch last summer, despite Mourinho requesting he depart on loan.

McNair made 27 first-team appearances for United during his stay with the club, and insists he would have stayed put if a permanent move elsewhere had been blocked.

He told the BBC: “He wanted me to go on loan and I went in to see Jose and just said ‘look, if you don’t let me go on a permanent, I’m just going to stay here’.

McNair with Donald Love on his arrival at the Stadium of Light (Photo: Sunderland AFC)
Sunderland's Paddy McNair in action with Bournemouth's Junior Stanislas
The Northern Irishman linked up with former United boss David Moyes (Photo: REUTERS)

“That’s how strongly I thought about it. At the time, it’s what I wanted so I’ve got no regrets. I think he quite liked how I was straight up. I said I wanted to leave, that I didn’t want to go on loan.

“I think he respected that. I told him that I’d been here since I was 12-years-old and club could at least let me do what I want to do.

“I spoke to Ed Woodward and said the same to him. I was refusing to go on loan basically. I just wanted a new challenge and off I went.”

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