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’.
“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.”