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Scott McTominay is starting to find his feet at Manchester United and progressing well during his first full season

Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay has spoken about the importance for young players to ‘come out of their shells and find their voice’ when aiming to make a name for themselves when given the chance to play alongside professionals of the game. The 21-year-old started his breakthrough season at the Old Trafford club after being entrusted by manager Jose Mourinho during the pre-season tour of the United States of America, Norway, and the Republic of Ireland.

McTominay has made 17 appearances for his club this season, making his full debut in the 2-0 defeat against Arsenal at the end of last season. The Scotland international, choosing them over England earlier this month, aiming to make his debut during the international break later this month, has been trusted in some big matches recently, playing in the comeback victories over Chelsea and Crystal Palace, also the victory over Liverpool last weekend, dropped for the UEFA Champions League defeat against Sevilla, which saw United being knocked out of the competition.

Mourinho has given the midfielder the support and trust he needed to in order to get him into the team and performing, which he has done recently – a big miss against Sevilla on Tuesday evening. McTominay feels that his education on the clubs Academy, having been there since the age of nine, has helped him to prepare for life in the first team, him seemingly earning his plaudits as part of that team this season. Speaking to the clubs magazine, Inside United and reported by the official Manchester United website, McTominay said:

“Obviously, there are numerous different factors that have contributed in terms of my development but the main one is Jose Mourinho. He’s had the faith to put me in for important matches and trusted me in really big games. So all credit goes to him. If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t have had chances to play and show people I’m hopefully capable of being a Manchester United player in the future.

“There’s nothing better for me than being selected in the big games. The Champions League game at Sevilla, the Champions League game before that, Liverpool, Chelsea and even the other cup games as well. It’s really good for me to be trusted by the manager. I hope to repay him as he’s done really well to push me forward.”

McTominay is a great talent and despite his early days in the Academy, to the current day, he has seen some problems with injury and a growth spurt, which caused him some problems, it is great to see him take to the first team like a duck to water. During the pre-season tour, McTominay scored his first goal for the club, albeit not competitively, in the 70th minute against Valerenga in Norway, a 3-0 victory for United. He has also been praised by his teammates, such as Nemanja Matic and most recently Luke Shaw.

Shaw, an underused left-back at the club, recently spoke about McTominay’s more talkative approach in the dressing room. The English defender, who has made just 14 appearances for the club this season, spoke about it being a prime part of settling into the team, ensuring you are careful what you say. He also went into details of the dressing room being one big family and the banter is flying, so it is a great environment to be in, which is a good thing, especially for a player like McTominay, who is still in effect cutting his teeth. Shaw said:

“Yes, I think that’s the prime thing when you’re settling in. You just have to weigh it all up and be careful what you say, and you have to see who’s saying what. But, eventually, the lads just take you in any way, and you’re part of a big family and banter’s flying. So it’s a good environment to be in.”

Shaw also spoke about his teammates showing his leadership qualities, even in his position with fewer experience than most, which is a great sign about the footballing education he has received and the level of the lad’s confidence. It is an important attribute for any player, but especially for a central midfielder, a key position at the club, one which has seen many great occupy, such as Bryan Robson, Roy Keane, and Paul Scholes, among others. Shaw, concluding his thoughts about McTominay, said:

“Well, that’s what you want to be as a midfield player, in the heart of the pitch. You want to be the guy who’s helping every other player in the team out, and hopefully pushing the team forwards and winning as many games as possible. You’ve seen Axel Tuanzebe as captain of the Reserves and I feel like Axel has those traits as well. 

“That’s a big thing as a youth-team player who goes into the first team, you shouldn’t be shy about telling a more senior player what to do. If you think that’s what he should be doing then tell him. And, if he doesn’t, then you speak about it afterwards and you have a mutual respect for each other that stays off the pitch; when you’re on the pitch you do the best for the team. 

“All the young players, they’re not shy and they’re not worried about saying what they think. It’s a benefit for the team. If you’re a shy player in your shell then the team’s probably not going to progress with you in it. So you have to be like that and it’s a big asset to the team leadership.”

McTominay still has a way to go at Manchester United but his early progress is a sign of things to come for him. The fact that he does his job consistently, or at least did in those three victories in the Premier League, shows what he has to give. This season, McTominay’s 17 appearances in the Premier League, Carabao Cup, Emirates FA Cup and the UEFA Champions League, has seen him play 1,020 minutes of football this season, completing a full match ten times. His average rating in the monitored matches was 6.57, which needs to see improvement but is good nonetheless.

Defensively, McTominay has offered 0.7 tackles per match (in the Premier League and the Champions League), also offering 0.8 clearances, 1.3 interceptions and, 0.8 dribbles. In an attacking sense, McTominay has offered 0.4 shots per game (in the same two competitions), 0.2 key passes, 0.4 dribbles, and looking at where improvements could be made, he averages at 0.8 dispossessions and 0.3 bad controlling actions per match. His passing stats show he has an 88.9% passing success rate, passing on average 30.8 passes per game, including 1.3 long balls.

McTominay’s stats do not show that he is a world beater but they do show that he is developing and that he is starting to improve, winning the confidence of not only his manager but his teammates with supporters of the club recognising just what he is capable of. Many have seen that he should not have been benched in the 2-1 Sevilla defeat, using the in-form McTominay over the out-of-form Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini, who made his first start after around four months on the sidelines through injury.

McTominay is determined to repay the faith shown by Mourinho

Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay is determined to repay the faith shown to him by manager Jose Mourinho after his surprise start in the 0-0 draw with Sevilla in the round of 16 first leg in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday evening. There was a stir on social media in the run-up to the match after the Portuguese manager left Paul Pogba on the bench after he recovered from the illness which kept him out of the 2-0 victory over Huddersfield Town in the Emirates FA Cup at the weekend.

This marked the ninth time McTominay had started for United competitively this season, his second start in the Champions League. The 21-year-old put in a mature display in the draw, pressing effectively, having a shot on goal in the first half also being efficient with his passing during the match, which saw the Spanish side register more than 20 shots on goal with David De Gea coming out as the Man of the Match, making eight saves during the clash. Speaking after the match, McTominay, reported by Sky Sports, said:

“Obviously it’s so important for me to repay the manager whenever he puts trust in me in these games.

“And I thought the whole team tonight put in a real shift for the manager and I think going back to Old Trafford we’re in a good position.

“I wouldn’t say the best position because we didn’t win, but we’re in a good position because we can go back and fight for every ball and hopefully we can progress to the quarter-finals.

“It’s all to play for. At 0-0, anything can happen. We’re confident against any team we play. Hopefully, we go back to Old Trafford and we can go through there.”

McTominay’s emergence in the squad this season will have given Mourinho something to think about. With Michael Carrick hanging up his boots at the end of the season, the Portuguese manager would need to delve into the transfer market in order to bring in a new central midfielder. There is also the fact that Marouane Fellaini’s contract expires at the end of the season, so there could be two spaces in the team which need to be filled.

Mourinho may not need to think too much about prospective additions in this area with McTominay stating his own case to be included with his performances recently. The 21-year-old was lauded for his performance in the 2-0 victory over Huddersfield Town in the Emirates FA Cup at the weekend and Mourinho was quick to praise the Academy graduate after his performance against Sevilla in the Champions League. Speaking after the match on Wednesday evening, Mourinho, speaking about McTominay, said:

“I went to the press conference and the questions were about Paul and I think the question should be about the kid [McTominay].

“He was fantastic, he did everything well. He put lots of pressure on Banega to stop him as a playmaker. He was always comfortable. I think he was brilliant.”

McTominay stated that ahead of the match against Sevilla, he did have some pre-games nerves but soon settled into the match which was played at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. Many see the result as a poor one for United, but in a Champions League knockout stage clash, a 0-0 draw away from Old Trafford is a good result. Sir Alex Ferguson guided his team through a few of those in his 26-year spell as United manager, not just in Europe either. McTominay concluded by saying:

“Big nights, big occasions. That’s what you want in your career.

“They’re the things that make or break you as a footballer and I feel like it is how you deal with those situations that define you as a player and as a character on the pitch.

“Obviously nerves are only natural. It is how you deal with those nerves and it is how you put that on a football pitch.

“Once you’re out there, you just forget about it. It is a game of football on a pitch that you’ve played on before, so, you just take it from there, want to play your game and that is it.”

United will go head to head with Chelsea at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon, a match United will need to win considering they face the reigning Premier League champions before travelling to London to face Crystal Palace on Monday 5th March, then welcoming Liverpool to the Theatre of Dreams on Sunday 10th March.

Facing both Chelsea and Liverpool, two of the three teams close to United in the league table, will mean that Mourinho will need to find a way to beat both clubs, having only beaten both Tottenham Hotspur (1-0) and Arsenal (3-1) of the teams to finish in the top six in the league last season.

Scott McTominay coming of age for Manchester United this season

After making his debut against Arsenal last season, Scott McTominay has made real strides this term, the latest coming in his masterful display against Huddersfield last time out. Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho was even quoted as calling the 21-year-olds performance “genius”. His close control, mixed with simplistic passing and the desire he showed in recovering the ball high up the field, was something that normally comes from a player far beyond his years.

McTominay has been with the United academy since the age of five and came up through the ranks with the likes of Marcus Rashford and Axel Tuanzebe. Like Rashford, the 21-year-old has now become an established part of the United squad and is tipped for a great future at Old Trafford. He has received rave reviews with every appearance he has made this season and is showing the benefits of the game time he has been getting from U23 football.

McTominay was heavily linked with a loan move to a Championship side in the transfer window just gone, which he would have definitely benefited from. He would have gained game time and experienced the brutal and unforgiving nature of Championship football. But the fact that Mourinho decided to keep him at the club and remain an integral part of the run-in towards the end of the season, shows how much he values him.

He was drafted into the squad in the later stages of last season when injuries hit, and his appearances and performances are set to become more important a year on. Last time out against Huddersfield he was picked ahead of Paul Pogba, Mourinho says because he deserved to get his chance after being with the club for so long. However, his style and composure on the ball offered something different that United could definitely benefit from in tough games this season.

With the imminent retirement of Michael Carrick at the end of the season, he is seen as a ready-made replacement for the United club captain, and can most definitely provide a talented midfield partnership with Paul Pogba. McTominay like Carrick is very good on the ball and able to break up play whilst providing the link between attack and defence.

Last season, he only got drafted into the squad because of injuries and the lack of cover that United had in the centre of the park. Now, however, he has become a player that Jose Mourinho really likes and a squad member that can be heavily relied on. He has featured heavily in Europe this season, playing in half of the group games in the Champions League and helped United finish top of the group.

For the next few years, McTominay will have to train hard and bide his time a little, as Matic and Pogba have formed a formidable partnership, that is sure to provide success and stability in United’s midfield. But in that time the youngster will only get better, and if he can get more game time, either in the domestic cups, Europe or even the odd appearance in the League, he will become an important part of United’s rebuilding process, and be vital for years to come.

Written by Dan Pearce

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.

McTominay is always learning, which is why he will be a player to raise his game under Mourinho

Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay has spoken about his development at the club which has seen him rise to the first team, stating that his training never stops, not even when he’s not on the pitch. The 21-year-old has been trusted by Jose Mourinho after making his debut in the 2-0 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates last season. McTominay started against Bournemouth at Old Trafford on Wednesday evening, partnering Nemanja Matic in midfield.

McTominay has made six appearances for his club this season, playing 90 minutes on three occasions in three different competition; the Premier League, the Carabao Cup and the UEFA Champions League. Mourinho and Matic have lauded the youngster with the Serbian player suggesting that young players need to be given a chance o express themselves, which will aid their development. After the victory over Bournemouth, McTominay was one of three players nominated for the Man of the Match award, which was given to Luke Shaw.

United face West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns on Sunday afternoon, a must-win match to keep the chase on Manchester City, who will be 14 points clear of United on Saturday evening. McTominay spoke to the official Manchester United website about his development ahead of Sunday’s fixture, stating that he is learning all the time from his fellow midfielders at the club, saying:

“Even when I don’t play, it’s so important to watch the likes of Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera and Michael Carrick – people who play in my position – and study everything that they do on the pitch.

“Then, whenever you go out on the pitch, you need to emulate that and be yourself on the pitch. I thought I was doing that the other night [against Bournemouth] and, as I say, I just want to progress from here and go into the second half of the season really strong.”

Speaking about the different qualities of his teammates at the Old Trafford club, McTominay answered:

“There are lots of different styles of play and there are a lot of attacking and defensive players so that’s a really good balance to have in the team and it means the manager has some good options.”

United are not heading into the busy festive period which sees them playing five matches, including Sunday’s match, before the end of the month. United are two matches away from the halfway stage of the Premier League season, the match away to Leicester City on the 23rd December will mark that stage of the season. McTominay has admitted that is has been a difficult challenge to adapt to the new environment within the first team. However, the player feels the first half of United’s campaign has been a good one, especially for him. He said:

“Personally I would say it’s obviously been tough coming into the new group and learning the way around it but it’s also been one of the most invaluable experiences that I’ve had, coming in and training with these guys every day and getting the bits of game time that I’ve had.

“I’ve played three matches now from the start and I’ve also appeared in a few other games as well, so you just have to take it in your stride – that’s the main thing for me. Take it in my stride and keep pushing forward and working hard.”

The match against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday will start a run of three consecutive away matches, with the Carabao Cup fifth round clash with Bristol City, culminating with the trip to the King Power Stadium to face Leicester. McTominay feels that United can take the inspiration from their away run of fixtures a few weeks ago in which United dealt with tricky fixtures against Watford, a 4-2 victory and, Arsenal, a 3-1 victory. The 21-year-old said:

“I think we proved that when we went away to Watford and then away to Arsenal – two long away trips in a week and we managed to win.

“I think the squad is big enough and can handle these situations. Obviously we’ve had a positive record at home, and away from home we need to keep going and see where it can take us come the end of the season.”

United were defeated by Manchester City in the Premier League at Old Trafford last Sunday, a match which saw the gap rise to 11 points, which after tonight’s match between them and Tottenham Hotspur, will rise to 14 points. United, however, did return to winning ways in the Premier League on Wednesday, overcoming the defeat at the hands of City. McTominay has insisted that it is not in the club’s DNA to give up without a fight and the season is not over in December, as we have seen many times before with Liverpool apparently winning the league at this time in recent years. He said:

“That’s the main thing – keeping the pressure on, keep plugging away. We can only use that result [against Manchester City] as motivation for the end of the season and where we want to be.

“We want to be challenging at the top and we won’t give up. We’re Man United and we never will do, that’s the philosophy of the club – to keep going right until the end and that’s what we are going to do.”

This tells me that McTominay, despite being relatively inexperienced compared to his teammates, is going to be a great level-headed figure in the dressing room. Just because the media and the pundits have jumped on the Manchester City bandwagon, does not mean it is all over. City are doing well this season, but when that defeat comes, it could stutter their confidence, especially if they remain in the Carabao Cup, the Emirates FA Cup, and the UEFA Champions League – it could all become too much for Pep Guardiola’s side, and you never know what could happen.

Scott McTominay is looking to make himself known as a Manchester United player rising to the challenge

Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay has relished 2017 as the year he broke through in the first team at the club. The 20-year-old, who turns 21 on Friday made his debut away to Arsenal last season, a match United lost 2-0. Since that performance, the player had made a handful of appearances in the first team including a UEFA Champions League debut, also signing a new contract at the Theatre of Dreams.

McTominay made an appearance, from the bench, in the 2-1 victory over CSKA Moscow in the Champions League on Tuesday night, helping see his side into the knockout stages of the elite European competition next year. Speaking to the official Manchester United matchday programme, United Review and reported by the official Manchester United website, the player spoke about his ambitions for the remainder of the season, and the rest of his career. Starting with the current season, McTominay said:

“Personally, it’s been a very good start to the season. I’ve featured in a number of games and that’s been pleasing and I want to push on. When you first come into the first-team group, you strive for game time and I’ve been getting little bits step by step and it only helps you to improve.”

McTominay then spoke about his new contract which was signed on the 20th October, keeping him at the Theatre of Dreams until the end of June 2021 with the option of a further year to be added on, the player said:

“My family were really proud and it was a big occasion for me, I was really happy to commit my long-term future to the club. But that’s finished now and I want to focus on working hard every day and push for more the game time. I want to improve and hopefully be a long-term project for this football club.”

The midfielder then spoke about his United debut against Arsenal at the end of last season and what he hoped to achieve by the end of the current season. The player has obviously impressed Jose Mourinho in the short time the Portuguese manager has been in charge of the club, which is funny as he does not trust youth, apparently. McTominay said:

“I’ve always set myself goals and have always been quite an ambitious person when it comes to football. You’re not always sure what to expect at the start of the season and where you might be, but you have to take that in your stride. Things have moved on and I’ve come into the first-team group which has been great. And I want to stay in this group. The game time is very important for me and that’s what really improves you as a footballer and takes you that next level.”

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McTominay then went into details about what he has learned at the Old Trafford club in his time where he had suffered injuries, a growth spurt and a rise in to the first team. Speaking about what he has learned at the club, the player said:

“Just everything. There isn’t an individual thing or moment because you pick up so many things and learn from different things the manager might say. You really have to be switched on because the tactical side of the game is so important. I’m beginning to learn that now.”

For McTominay to go from the U18’s, into the U23’s was a big deal for the player, especially with the injuries he has suffered, not to mention the fact he has grown a lot in the last 18 months will be something that keeps the player fighting for his place. Then to rise through the ranks into the first team will be something very rewarding for the player. United have always had a youth presence in the squad, something which has lasted over 80 years. McTominay, speaking about his Champions League debut and the difference between elite European football and club football, said:

“Obviously, you’re playing against foreign players and we’ve experienced that in the UEFA Youth League. There is a lot of focus on tactics so you have to be really switched on to that. Playing in the Youth League matches has really helped me. You’re up against some of the best footballers in Europe. Experiencing it is the key thing, it’s okay watching but you have to be streetwise and experience it for yourself on the pitch. The guys who are playing it in this year in the Under-19s can only learn good things from it.”

McTominay, after making his debut in the Champions League away to Benfica, played 90 minutes in the reverse fixture at Old Trafford three weeks later. On that appearance and performance, the player said:

“Obviously, whenever you get told you’re going to play in a game like that you have to be ready. You’ve trained your whole life for those games and you want more and more of those experiences. I felt ready and individually and collectively I thought we played really well and that was really pleasing.”

On making his debut in the Champions League, then playing his first full match in the competition, McTominay played alongside summer signing Nemanja Matic, a player he would have learned a lot from in his short time on the pitch with the Serbian. Matic described McTominay as the “future of Old Trafford” after that game, with McTominay responding to that praise by saying:

“He’s great. Off the pitch, he’s really supportive and he makes a big fuss of you when he sees you! [Smiles] And, on the pitch, he’s always speaking to you as well. As a young player, to have someone so senior looking out for you it gives you a big lift. During the game, I tried to emulate what he did and be a bit of a shield [for the defence] and I thought we did well in the game and controlled the tempo. The whole experience was great.”

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McTominay then spoke about Paul Pogba, a player he has seen come through the ranks at United, despite his four-year absence with Juventus with the Old Trafford club spending a then world record £89 million to bring the player back to the Theatre of Dreams, along with a lot of criticism and suggestion the player is nothing special after his first season back at the club, earning the plaudits in his second season for the impact in matches and what he has achieved at the club. McTominay, possibly using this as inspiration to succeed himself, said:

“He’s exactly that – an inspiration. That’s the level you want to aspire to and you only get to that level by watching players like Paul and putting it into practice. He’s one of the most mentally strong guys I’ve ever met and that shows on the pitch. No matter if things might be going against the team everyone is always positive and keeps going and Paul is a big part of that which is testament to his character.”

McTominay has received a lot of praise from Jose Mourinho in the past six to eight months, something which will inspire the player to dig deep and give everything he can to the club. When Mourinho was announced as the manager to succeed Louis van Gaal at the end of the 2015/16 season, the youth at the club may have felt the reports of the Portuguese manager not trusting youth would be the beginning of the end for them at the club, which has not been the case. Speaking of the praise received, McTominay said:

“It’s really pleasing to hear from my point of view. That’s what you want, you want to impress your manager, the coaching staff, your team-mates and the fans. The history of this club is about bringing young players through and the manager has given us a chance. You see that with Marcus [Rashford] and Jesse [Lingard] and what they’re doing is unbelievable. I want to emulate that and hopefully more and more young players continue to come through.”

With the festive period nearing and the season becoming congested with fixtures, United having to play seven more times before the end of the month, McTominay will be seeking to keep himself on the radar of the manager, especially with the fact Paul Pogba will miss the next three domestic fixtures; Manchester City (H), Bournemouth (H), and West Bromwich Albion (A), McTominay will fee he has something to offer to the team and the manager and will be waiting for the chance to continue to impress the manager. The player concluded by saying:

“Yes, I hope so. The Christmas period is always a very busy schedule and that’s where you need your big squad and to have different players able to come in. I know I need to be patient but I’m working hard to be ready for whenever the manager needs me. We’re fighting on all fronts and we want to go as far as we can in every competition. We’re Man United, we want to win everything.”

United will first be seeking to beat Manchester City, using the defeat away to Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League as inspiration as that ended their 28-match unbeaten run in all competitions, which could, by Sunday evening, be extended to two defeats in a row with United cutting the eight-point deficit in the Premier League down to five points, which could be the start of City’s downfall after becoming too cocky this season. A team who continues to win will soon fall foul of a defeat, another one coming on Sunday will be much welcome by the Old Trafford faithful.

Scott McTominay signs new Manchester United contract

Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay has today signed a new contract with the Old Trafford club. The 20-year-old will remain a Red Devils until the summer of 2021, with an option of a further year to be added, which could keep him at the club until 2022. McTominay came through the clubs Academy, going through a growth spurt over the last few years which has seen him tower over the six-foot height, helping him earn a place on Jose Mourinho’s squad this season.

McTominay was born in Lancaster and made his first team debut away to Arsenal last season, also travelling on the club’s pre-season tour of the United States of America, Norway and the Republic of Ireland. The player scored his first goal whilst on the pre-season tour, also making his debut in the UEFA Champions League away to Benfica on Wednesday, which saw fellow Academy graduate Marcus Rashford score a stunning goal to give United their third win in three group stage matches.

McTominay, speaking to the official Manchester United website about his new contract, said:

“I have grown up at this great club and it has always been a big part of my life. I attended the club’s development centre in Preston from the age of five and have gone on to progress from there.  

“To make my debut at the end of last season was a dream come true, and I would like to thank the manager for the faith that he has shown in me. I was absolutely delighted when the manager promoted me to the first-team squad and I am looking forward to continuing my journey with this fantastic team.”

Mourinho, McTominay’s manager, also spoke about the player and the delight on him signing a new contract, saying:

“I am delighted Scott has signed a new contract, he is one of our young players that has gone from strength to strength. He made his Premier League debut at the end of last season and made his Champions League debut this season. I had no hesitation in promoting Scott to the first-team squad last month as we have total belief in him.”  

United travel to Huddersfield Town on Saturday in the Premier League, which could see McTominay as part of the travelling squad with the injuries to Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini in midfield, not to mention Eric Bailly and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in other areas of the squad. McTominay has some excitement about him, able to play in a variety of positions which could help Mourinho’s side continue their unbeaten run this season so far.

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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