McNair: United stars behind Northern Ireland

Date published: Sunday 11th October 2015 8:55

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Paddy McNair: Celebrates Northern Ireland's qualification for Euro 2016

Paddy McNair has revealed his Manchester United team-mates were cheering on Northern Ireland’s push for Euro 2016.

McNair made his first competitive start in Thursday’s 3-1 win over Greece, a result that guaranteed Michael O’Neill’s men would be heading to France.

And there were some big names from the Old Trafford dressing room who were glad to see McNair and company succeed.

“Yeah, they wanted us to qualify. Everybody wanted us to qualify,” he said.

“Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick were rooting for us and I’m sure if we get them (England) in the draw there will be a few words exchanged.

“We’ll get them in the later stages maybe and knock them out,” he added, with a laugh.

“Ander Herrera texted me (after the match) and I put a few pictures on Instagram and a few of them liked it.”

‘Crazy night’

McNair was pencilled in to play a holding midfield role against Greece but was shifted to right-back when Aaron Hughes pulled out with a calf injury.

He prefers playing centrally, in midfield or defence, but was happy just to have the chance to make his Windsor Park bow in such a high-profile fixture.

“It was a crazy night,” he said.

“We just wanted to get the job done but I don’t think it has sunk in that we have qualified. It is a brilliant feeling.

“It was my very first game at Windsor Park and it was a great game to make my debut there. When Michael said I was starting I was really looking forward to it.

“It was our biggest game in 30 years and for it to be my first game at Windsor it was a good one.”

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