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Sunderland cup hero McNair: LVG did this to me at Man Utd...

Paddy McNair has revealed he was only sent to defence when Louis van Gaal took over at Manchester United.

The Northern Ireland international, who joined Sunderland in the summer, scored a match-winning brace for the Black Cats in their 2-1 EFL Cup triumph over Queens Park Rangers on Wednesday.

David Moyes insisted that McNair had come through United's academy as a midfielder, or number 10, which has been backed up by the player himself who blames his shift to the backline on van Gaal.

"Until I was 18, I played in midfield," McNair said.

"Van Gaal played me at centre-back. So a lot of people think I'm a defender but I've not really ever been a defender."

Andrew Slevison
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