McNair goes on the attack

McNair goes on the attack

Sunderland's Paddy McNair is delighted manager David Moyes sees him as an attacking midfielder rather than a defender.

McNair's outings for previous club Manchester United's senior team all came under Louis van Gaal and the bulk of those saw him operate in a defensive capacity.

That is not where either McNair or his current boss 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."

McNair has switched his focus from the club scene to Northern Ireland this week ahead of fixtures with San Marino and Germany in their World Cup qualifying campaign.

Boss Michael O'Neill, who is without injured pair Craig Cathcart and Liam Boyce, has called up Callum Morris and Paul Paton into his squad.