Scott McTominay feels he must earn the right to play for Manchester United


Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay has insisted that he has to earn the right to play for his club and it is something he is itching for. Jose Mourinho showed his trust in the player recently, pairing him with Nemanja Matic in the centre of midfield. United will face Bristol City at Ashton Gate this evening in a bit to earn a semi-final place in the Carabao Cup this season, a trophy they are defending.insists he must earn the right to play and is itching for another chance to repay Jose Mourinho’s trust in him when Manchester United bid to reach another League Cup semi-final.

The Robins, managed by Lee Johnson, are doing well in the Championship, sitting in third place after 22 matches and have already knocked Watford, Stoke City and Crystal Palace out of the League Cup this season. It has also been a good season for McTominay after making his debut in the defeat to Arsenal last season, earning some starts and being praised by Mourinho and his teammates. Mourinho had praised his intelligent use of the ball after making his seventh appearance this season in the 2-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns.

McTominay has featured in both of United’s Carabao Cup matches this season; the 4-1 victory over Burton Albion, coming off the bench, and the 2-0 victory over Swansea City, a match in which he played 90 minutes in. The 21-year-old is seeking more minutes on the pitch this season but he is not the type of player to expect to be picked after being put in the manager’s plans this season and he understand any place in the team will need to be earned. Speaking to the official Manchester United website, McTominay said:

“That’s the main thing – I’ve said it previously that minutes are the most important thing for any young player, and every footballer wants to play, but you have to earn the right to play and come into the team.

“You have to earn trust from people like the manager and the coaching staff and, ultimately, if you can be trusted, you will play in these games.”

United have already beaten Burton Albion in the Carabao Cup this season, a team from the Championship but not as highly placed as Bristol City. The Robins are in excellent form, winning their last four league matches, also having the benefit of earning confidence by knocking three Premier League clubs out of the competition already.  McTominay has featured in 14 of the last 15 matchday squads, gaining some experience, revealing that he knows some of the Robins players ahead of the clash this evening. McTominay, not naming names, said:

“I actually know a few of the lads that are playing there and I know that they have a really strong team and the supporters there are really strong as well.

“They are going well in the league this year and it’s a big confidence boost for them – when the results are going their way and they see Man United next on the fixture list. They will go into the game to give everything and so will we as well.”

United last successfully retained the League Cup under the management of Sir Alex Ferguson in the 2008/09 and 2009/10 seasons and Jose Mourinho’s side will be hoping to do the same. This is an incentive, according to McTominay, who feels it will give him and his teammates ‘an extra determination’ to take the competition seriously, which is not something other teams do. If Manchester United win the Carabao Cup, the cup is nothing but a joke, but when a team like Arsenal or Manchester City win it, it is the pinnacle trophy in England. McTominay, concluding his comments, said:

“Whenever you are holders of the trophy, it’s so important to make sure you can retain it,” our no.39 said. “It’s like when you win the Champions League, you want to go and win the Champions League again. If you win the Premier League, you want to repeat that success and that’s how great teams are formed. I feel like we’ve got a good chance of doing that this year. If we stay concentrated, we can do it.”

United will kick off this evening at 20:00 GMT at Ashton Gate and the match will be televised in the United Kingdom on Sky Sports Football HD. United will be back in action in the Premier League on Saturday evening against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium before welcoming Burnley (Boxing Day) and Southampton (30th December) to the Theatre of Dreams. On New Year’s Day, United will travel to Goodison Park to take on Everton for the second time this season, which could be a tough encounter after Sam Allardyce seems to have turned the side around recently.

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