Scott McTominay has ambitions for this season and beyond; Jose Mourinho does trust youth


Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay has stated his ambitions ahead of the final three matches this season and for the 2018/19 season. Jose Mourinho gave the 21-year-old his debut last season, giving him more chances to earn his place in the team this season, some of which were in the UEFA Champions League, which showed how much the manager rated the player. Despite not winning one of the awards up for grabs in last week’s end of season awards ceremony, Mourinho surprised the Academy graduate by naming him the Manager’s Player of the Year.

Many saw this as a finger being pointed to the rest of the team whilst others saw it for what it was; a confidence booster for a player who, despite having next to no experience at senior level has kicked on and earned his position in the squad, also the praise he has been given by teammates, coaches, and Mourinho himself. McTominay is delighted about how the season has panned out which has left him wanting more, most of all to repay the faith Mourinho has shown in him. Speaking to the official Manchester United website, the player said:

“I’m delighted with how things have played out, but I always want more. There’s always room for improvement and that’s the main aim for me going into next season. Taking the small details and attempting to improve them.

“Throughout every season, from Under-16s to Under-18s, Under-23s up to the first team, you always have your goals and ambitions and sometimes, some years, you exceed that and some years you don’t.

“For me, it’s all about keeping a level head and always doing things the best way that I possibly can. So, obviously, it’s been an amazing year for me, I know that, but I’ve played 20 games or something like that and obviously next season you want 25 or 30 or 35 games and it’s important to keep pushing forward and that’s what every young player should be aspiring to do. Keep working hard and to do the best you can.”

McTominay has done well this season, swapping U23 football in the Premier League 2 for the actual Premier League, plus the other competitions he has played in. It was once said that Mourinho does not promote youth, is uninterested in youth and what he has done for McTominay, and other is pretty good. It really has blown away the myth which many have believed about Mourinho. The 21-year-old also spoke about his highlight of the season, so far and to him, that was being part of the squad which beat Liverpool 2-1 at Old Trafford. McTominay said:

“The Liverpool game. I felt that was one of the best feelings I’ve ever had. I’m a United fan myself and it doesn’t get much better than beating Liverpool. With Marcus Rashford scoring as well, it was an unbelievable day for the Academy.”

McTominay headed to the end of season awards night at Old Trafford last week not expecting anything. Just being there with the first team would have been enough for him. Mourinho, on the other hand, had something in mind for him, something which had been thought about and planned. The award was something of a surprise for the Lancastrian, something which will fill him with pride and help him kick on next season, which is going to be a big season for him. There could be more to come this season though if United win the Emirates FA Cup. McTominay said:

“It is a tremendous honour and I am so, so grateful to the manager for picking me. He’s shown a hell of a lot of trust in me this year and it’s just been really, really great to repay him the best I can on and off the pitch. 

“I’m really looking to kicking on now, and in the last few games of the Premier League, and look forward to next season and a massive cup final.”

This season will be something McTominay and Mourinho will be proud of, as will the Manchester United Academy. Another player blooded into the first team, now a full international with Scotland, which in effect is a success for all at Manchester United. McTominay is a decent midfielder, still rough around the edges with raw talent but something which the right coaching and management can mould into the right player for the club. McTominay excites me as a player, just because he does not do tricks is not exciting. What he does for the team is all he needs to do.

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