Sunderland's Paddy McNair demanded he was sold by Manchester United

Sunderland defender Paddy McNair has said he demanded a permanent move away from Manchester United despite manager Jose Mourinho's wishes.

McNair, 21, left United for Sunderland last summer in a four-year deal after making 15 Premier League starts for the Old Trafford club.

The Northern Ireland international, who is currently recovering from an ACL injury, explained how Mourinho only wanted him to leave on a temporary basis.

McNair told the BBC: "He wanted me to go on loan and I went in to see Jose and just said 'look, if you don't let me go on a permanent, I'm just going to stay here.'

"That's how strongly I thought about it. At the time, it's what I wanted so I've got no regrets. I think he quite liked how I was straight up. I said I wanted to leave, that I didn't want to go on loan.

"I think he respected that. I told him that I'd been here since I was 12-years-old and club could at least let me do what I want to do. I spoke to [United executive vice-chairman] Ed Woodward and said the same to him. I was refusing to go on loan basically. I just wanted a new challenge and off I went."

United, who have defenders Chris Smalling and Phil Jones nursing injuries, are next in action at home to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.