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Scott McTominay the real winner at the end of season awards

Even though goalkeeper David De Gea won his fourth Manchester United player of the year on Tuesday, an achievement eclipsing Cristiano Ronaldo’s record of three awards, it was Scotland international Scott McTominay who was the real winner, winning manager’s player of the year.

It’s an award that was a first of its kind and broke the tradition of only having a player of the year award, voted by fellow players. It is something that Mourinho obviously felt necessary to do, to show how he feels the young Scot has played this season and to give the 21-year-old a real boost ahead of pre-season and going into the 2018/19 season. Mourinho said at the awards:

“He started the season in the academy and ended it playing in the Premier League. I thought I cannot let this kid go home without an award.

“It was between him and Matic because Matic last March 2017, told me I want to play for you and I want to play for Manchester United, and he made it happen.”

However, it was the McTominay that Mourinho decided was more rewarding of the manager’s player of the year award and subsequently, it went to the midfielder. He said:

“It was really nice for me. Obviously, it was a tremendous honour for me and I’m so grateful for the manager for choosing me.”

Really looking to kick on in the last three games and the cup final. It has been an amazing year for me playing 20 games and obviously next season you want 25,30,35 more.”

McTominay has had a break out season this year, not only making 20 appearances for the Reds but also making his international debut for Scotland in a friendly against Costa Rica in March.

At the turn of the year, McTominay was a regular starter for the Reds and starting ahead of more seasoned players like Ander Herrera and veteran Michael Carrick. He was also keeping out United’s record signing Paul Pogba for a time, and was played in some huge games in the Champions League as well as starring in the League and FA Cup.

Its no wonder why Mourinho decided to award the 21-year-old for such an impressive breakout season at Old Trafford, and the award came almost a year to the day Mourinho handed McTominay his debut against Arsenal last season.

He will have a tough season on his hands next year, to eclipse what he has done this season, especially with United possibly dipping into the transfer market to try and replace retiring Michael Carrick who will be on the coaching staff.

However, after receiving such praise from the manager and being rewarding with an award such as the manager’s player of the year, that is only going to give him confidence going into United’s pre-season tour of the United States, and then when the reds begin the season in August. It’s up to the Scot how he reacts to such praise, let’s just hope it will inspire him to get better and who knows even challenge for the top award next season.

Written by Dan Pearce

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