Scott McTominay happy for his first Manchester United goal

It has been an incredible year for Scott McTominay so far. He has been learning a lot in the Reserves in a new position, two fantastic games against the London teams in Academy level that left Jose Mourinho impressed with McTominay’s stature. Then we have his debut, his involvement in the tour and the game against the Norwegian club Valerenga where he scored a goal, his first with the seniors. This is fantastic, he is enjoying life under Jose Mourinho and has left a good taste among United fans who see him as an option, despite not being a starter. Whether he steals the show or his work is underrated McTominay is still there.

He has only good words to say about the amazing experience he has had on tour and the way things have changed since he made his debut for Manchester United:

“Coming over with the first team for a start and just playing games with them in pre-season and then obviously to get my first senior goal – it’s the best feeling in the world.”

Despite showing that this is the moment of his life there’s something he keeps reminding himself, something he truly needs to remember; dedicating himself to all of this.

“It’s the best moment of my life so you just want more and more of this. This is what you work for every single day in training, dedicating yourself. I’m just going to enjoy it now and push forward to do my best.”

Yesterday’s game against Valerenga was a bit special as he scored his first goal with the senior squad and didn’t think it twice when he had the ball. It was a lovely goal and the lad could’ve easily scored a hat-trick as minutes later, after a defensive error he had a chance to score. Then, in the last minute of the game, the ball was directed on target, but his shot was blocked.

“The ball just broke and there was a little bounce and I’ve just whipped it in the far corner. It was brilliant; like I say, it was the best feeling.”

He also focused in the game and had something to say about the opponent as well who was giving United a hard time of breaking and scoring. However, he knows that his teammates have amazing qualities that are game changing and in the end United scored three goals to keep up the good moment.

“Valerenga were a really good team. It was a tough first half. In the first 20 minutes they were tough to break down and kept the ball, but eventually our quality showed and we got the goals and it was a pleasing night.”

Jose Mourinho has given a few youth players a chance this preseason and the one thing he would expect from his first team players is to help these youngsters adapt with everything related to the club, the environment and the positioning. He has been playing in midfield, a position Michael Carrick plays. Over the past two years, it has been said that his role at the club has taken a different turn as he has now the role to learn and teach the young players.

For me, it’s brilliant to be away with them. Seeing how they prepare, what they do before games and during training, watching players like Paul Pogba or, in my position, Michael Carrick, and just learning as much as I can from them. I couldn’t be at a better place.”

Speaking to the club’s website he revealed the advice he has been receiving from other regular seniors who have been in this time for a while now.

“Just to be yourself, play your normal game and work hard, because that’s what they did. Just enjoy it and enjoy playing football for this club because there is nothing better.

“The pre-season in general just gives you a taste for going forward and, hopefully, things to come. If I can keep impressing and doing what I’m doing on the pitch then who knows where it can take you.”

McTominay knows what he has to do, keep impressing more. There’s one last game of preseason left and we will see what will happen with him. So far, so good. That goal was awesome and July has been amazing for McTominay.


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