Manchester United veteran Darren Fletcher has praised the role played by young defender Paddy McNair in his side’s 2-0 win against Yeovil Town in the FA Cup on Sunday, as reported by ManUtd.com.
Fletcher returned from a long lay off due to illness at the end of last season, and he has played infrequently this campaign under Louis van Gaal.
McNair was thrown in by the Dutch manager earlier this season after a series of injuries limited his options in defence, and has impressed at times.
He could have left the field of play during the game against the League One side, after clashing heads with Kieffer Moore.
The players were treated on the pitch, and McNair finished the game, despite having to be bandaged up.
When compared to Luke Shaw and Rafael, both of whom left the field after impact injuries, McNair showed a level of bravery that Fletcher found it necessary to praise.
“Credit to the players, but look at Paddy McNair,” he said.
“He had blood gushing out of his head, a Terry Butcher headband on, and he dug in deep right until the end and showed real character today. I’m very proud of him.
“There were a lot of players who had never played in the FA Cup before, but they really stood up strong today, were counted and helped get a great result.”