Cape Town - Paddy McNair has described his rise from Manchester United's Under-21s to the first team as "a crazy couple of months" but he has loved every minute.
McNair made his fourth English Premiership appearance on Saturday alongside Daley Blind in a makeshift central defence pairing. McNair and Blind enjoyed a relatively quiet afternoon against a toothless Palace attack.
One of United’s brightest talents, the defender made his senior Reds debut against West Ham in September after just 11 appearances for the Under-21 side.
The 19-year-old defender revealed to manutd.com what a whirlwind the experience has been over the last few months.
"It’s been a crazy couple of months," he said.
"I was playing with the Under-21s two months ago, then all of a sudden I’m playing in front of 75,000 people at Old Trafford.
"It has happened so fast. Last year I think I played 11 games for the U21s so hopefully I’ll be close to 11 for the first team by the end of the season."
"When I was growing up, I always wanted to play for Manchester United, and now I am playing in Manchester derbies, so it’s been good and I’ve loved every minute of it," added the young Northern Irish defender.