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Scott McTominay looks to establish himself in the Manchester United first team squad

Manchester United Academy graduate Scott McTominay is seeking to establish himself in the clubs first team this season after playing a part at the end of last season and also during the club pre-season tour of the United States of America, Norway, and Ireland in the summer. The player is using the likes of Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford to boost himself and his confidence in earning a first team place under the management of Jose Mourinho, the manager who does not trust youth, apparently. Last season, McTominay came off the bench against Arsenal then started the final Premier League match of the season against Crystal Palace with former teammate Josh Harrop scoring the opening goal in a 2-0 victory that day.

During the clubs pre-season tour, against Valerenga in Norway, McTominay scored his first goal for United and with Mourinho seeking to rotate his team and fill the void left by Paul Pogba, who suffered a hamstring injury more than a week ago, McTominay could come into the side against Burton Albion in the Carabao Cup at the Theatre of Dreams. Sky Sports picked up some quoted from the midfielder, who has had a great year at the Old Trafford club, rising through the ranks and being a player who Mourinho has trusted, albeit at the end of last season and during pre-season but showing the manager what he can do. McTominay said:

“It’s crazy when you think back all those years to when you’re five years old going to the development centre, and then going all the way through the ranks.

“It honestly is a dream come true for me to be playing in the first team, and playing against teams like Real Madrid.

“But obviously you just want more and more of that and that is the main thing for my career: to be playing in big games, in competitive games and just do my best and hopefully see where it takes me.”

McTominay is a bit of a late developer, not just in the game. Two and a half years ago the player was 5′ 6″ tall, not standing at 6′ 4″ which shows his own growth came as quick as his rise into contention for Manchester United’s first team. It is known that Mourinho likes the height within his squad and that is something that has helped to turn the struggling side into trophy winners, something they will be seeking to eclipse again this season. McTominay may not have selected a country to play for international, being eligible to play for both England and Scotland. During the summer, he was linked to many clubs with a deadline day loan deal being touted, opting to remain at United, something Mourinho will have noticed with the player having the fight and determination to succeed. McTominay concluded by saying:

“Things he does say stay between me and the manager but a lot of it is help and advice, really.

“It’s all like when we go out on the pitch, what I can do better, things that I can improve on and he is brilliant for that with young players.

“He’s top – he’s perfect for a manager and that’s why he is manager of Manchester United. He’s a really good guy.”

McTominay seems to have the right mentality to succeed in the game and if he is patient and follows the route that both Lingard and Rashford took to earn their places, he will be onto a good thing. The player may even be considered ahead of Andreas Pereira after the Belgian-born Brazilian opted to seek a loan move away from the club, signing for Valencia, with Mourinho hesitant of the deal, which could lose the player some points with the Portuguese manager, which would be his own fault at the end of the day. Whilst playing more for Valencia will give Pereira more experience in the game, it also shows that his fight may be a problem, opting for the easier route to first team football, rather than the tough route – showing the manager why you are better than the players he would normally select.

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