Sean McGinty believes the knowledge he gleaned from Manchester United stars Rafael and Patrice Evra can help him become a permanent fixture in David Weir’s starting eleven, writes James Shield.
The Sheffield United full-back, who spent four years on the books at Old Trafford before moving to Bramall Lane earlier this summer, issued his statement of intent ahead of Saturday’s Yorkshire derby with Bradford City.
McGinty told The Star: “I learned so much from playing alongside people like Patrice, Rafael and Alex Büttner in training. They are the masters of playing so high up the pitch yet still being great defenders which is the role the gaffer wants us to do here.
“Just watching them and taking on board what they do is a real experience. Invaluable really.”
“I’ve got to be able to do that, be effective at both ends of the pitch, to stay in the team here,” McGinty added. “Hopefully I’ve done well enough to do that but it’s down to the gaffer to decide. That’s his call because he knows.
“There’s lots of competition here so I can’t take anything for granted at all.”
McGinty, who made his League One debut for United last weekend, also revealed he is picking Weir’s brains in bid to achieve his aim.
The United manager, who won 69 Scotland caps, also represented Everton and Rangers during a distinguished playing career.
“The gaffer gives you so much good advice and was a defender himself so he understands what it’s all about back there,” McGinty said. “He knows all the little tricks and he passes them on which is brilliant for us.
“There are so many top players here that I can learn from and who can help me to improve.
“I’m really fortunate in that regard and now it’s up to me to put that to good use.”