Manchester United youngster Paddy McNair has hailed incoming manager Jose Mourinho and has admitted that he's hoping the Portuguese tactician will be watching him at this summer's European Championships.
McNair, 21, claims the former Chelsea boss is a 'world-class manager' and is a good fit for the Red Devils because of his history of winning silverware.
Mourinho still hasn't been named as Louis van Gaal's successor at Old Trafford, but it's widely expected that he will lead the club into the 2016/17 campaign.
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The self-proclaimed 'Special One' has been out of work since he was dismissed as Chelsea boss back in December.
He may well have endured a torrid final few months in charge of the west London outfit, but his track record most definitely speaks for itself.
Mourinho the right fit
And it's safe to say that McNair is pleased that he's set to become his next manager at the Theatre of Dreams.
"He's a world-class manager. He's won lots of trophies, Champions Leagues and he's worked with the best players in the world," the 21-year-old told Sky Sports News, per Goal.com.
"I'll be looking to impress, hopefully when I play in France he'll be watching.
"He wins trophies. Man United should be winning trophies every year so it's a good fit."
The Northern Ireland defender has also thanked ex-United boss Van Gaal for handing him his first-team debut.
"I'm very thankful to Van Gaal. He gave me my debut and he gave a lot of young players a chance and a lot of them took it. I'll always be very thankful to him for that," he added.
"He was manager of Ajax, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and he always gave young players a chance there.
"At Barcelona he gave [Andres] Iniesta and Xavi their debuts, Bayern Munich; [David] Alaba, [Thomas] Muller and then comes to Man United and gives me my debut. So I feel very proud that he thinks you're good enough to play at that level."
It's safe to say, then, that McNair will be desperate to prove his credentials under Mourinho's regime. Last season proved a fairly frustrating one for the defender as he only managed to rack up eight Premier League appearances.
A strong summer tournament will stand him in good stead ahead of the new season.
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