Paddy McNair has insisted that he has no regrets about leaving Manchester United in the summer, spurning the chance to work under Jose Mourinho.
The Northern Ireland international appeared on his way out of Old Trafford anyway, as he left for Sunderland in a deal worth £5.5m. Mourinho wanted McNair to depart on loan.
The move hasn’t entirely worked out for McNair so far this season, with his new employers struggling at the foot of the Premier League table, and yet to win a game this season.
Despite Sunderland’s poor form, McNair is relishing the opportunity of a fresh challenge.
The defender said: “I went on the pre-season tour and after I spoke to Mourinho and he said to me he would like me to go out on loan.
“I had a think about it when I was out on the pre-season tour and even a little bit when I was at the Euros, I never wanted to go on loan. I was adamant I wanted to go on a permanent move. I spoke to Mourinho for a couple of weeks and basically persuaded him to let me go on a permanent deal.
“I see too many players go out on loan that don’t play. You’re never their player; it’s a loan. I just wanted to go to Sunderland and play in the Premier League every week and that was my thinking behind it. I’ve no regrets.”
Asked if it was a difficult decision, he replied: “No, it wasn’t. My heart was set on going on a permanent (deal) and it’s just what I wanted to do. I know I won’t regret it because I know at that time I really wanted to do it. I’m glad I did it.”
Sunderland will be aiming to achieve their first win when they travel to Stoke City next Saturday.
By Steve Osborne @BlizzardSteve75