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2019 07 22 Retrieve

[Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay backs himself to nail down a spot in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad this season] Regardless of what other signings come in or who plays where, you have to back yourself to be a Man United player. That’s one thing that I’ve done over the last two years, I’ve always backed myself. I’ve tried to train hard and I’ve always wanted to do extra things to try and give me that one per cent difference. It’s my ambition to be a regular No. 6, No. 8, a box-to-box player – that’s my main ambition. That’s always been my goal. It’s important that I really go for that now. Obviously there is an opportunity there and you’ve got to take it with both hands. Last year I had some decent performances and it’s important that I carry on from that

[McTominay says that everyone at the club is desperate to return to their glory days] That’s the desire from kitchen ladies at Carrington, to the kit men, to the physios to the players and all of the staff and the manager. That’s the sole aim of the football club, to get it back to where we want to be. That’s the top of the league and it’s important we get there

2019 07 25 Retrieve

[Scott McTominay is using the example of the Class of 92 as inspiration] The Class of 92 were absolutely exceptional and it’s going to be very, very difficult to replicate something like that. We’ve got a good group of young boys who are ready to learn and ready to go the extra mile and do everything to get into the team and push some senior pros to get their places. That is going to be my aim, Axel’s aim, Mason’s as well. So it’s important all the boys come together and have that real solid team spirit that young players always have going through the age groups. From the Under-9s to the Under-23s, that’s the most important thing for us

: 2019 07 30 Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay will feature on the cover of PES 2020 alongside Lionel Messi.

2019 08 17 Retrieve

[Scott McTominay is taking inspiration from the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Marcus Rashford, with age just a number] It’s so important to have experienced players in your squad like we’ve got. We’ve got players who’ve won titles and many trophies, but young players are there as well and they are hungry to compete for their place in the team. Just because someone’s played more games than you, it doesn’t mean they’re always going to get in ahead of you. It’s about who does the business on the pitch and I feel everybody has got that message in their own head. It’s not a given that you’re going to play every single match. But that’s the sign of a healthy dressing room. Age is just a number when you see people like Mbappe and Marcus Rashford. At such a young age, they are doing amazing things. They just play, like they did when they were younger

It [the Chelsea game] looked like it could be four, five, six-nil the way we were going. It’s important we do take confidence from that, but it is one football match. It is one game where we’ve put that into practice and it’s come off. But there’s a lot more games coming up where we have to keep that same mentality

2019 08 01 Retrieve

[Scott McTominay has said he wants to be a leader at Manchester United] The manager has been so good with me. I had to be patient at the beginning. I had to show him that I could be a Manchester United player and for him to trust me in big games but I feel I did that last year. Where I want to get to is being that player in the team where you’re a leader, you’re the one telling people. You’re driving the standards

There’s a lot of things I know I can improve on. I’m constantly working. I don’t want to sit on games that I’ve played, I want to get to the next level

[The nadir for McTominay and United was a 4-0 reverse to Everton at Goodison Park] It was a difficult season, we have to put it behind us. After Everton away I came home and I was nearly in tears. It was so difficult to handle. I’ve really enjoyed this pre-season. It has been different, we have put a lot more work in. I feel that the boys have taken to it well and in the games that we’ve had we’ve shown glimpses of what we can do, with the expansive attacking football. I’m definitely fitter than I’ve ever been. I feel fresh and ready to go, to compete for a place in the first XI

2019 08 18 Retrieve

[Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay says teammate Paul Pogba is a world class player who can do pretty much anything] When you play with Paul, he likes to get in the box and your job is to make sure that we are secure at the back and we’re locked in in different areas of the pitch. Obviously you have to remember and respect the fact that Paul is a world class player who can pretty much do anything on a football pitch. You have to adapt to what he does as well and the different runs that he might make, and obviously adapt your game off that. If you are playing with someone else, you have to change that as well. If you’re playing with Nemanja Matic, Fred and Andreas Pereira in different positions like that, it’s always different with who you are playing with

[McTominay also cited the club’s pre-season programme as time well spent in terms of the pair’s partnership] You have to have a relationship with the player you’re playing with and we did have a good relationship on tour throughout the games that we were playing when we were away. Obviously it’s about building that up and keep the relationship between each other, to know what each other does and keep adapting to the circumstances. I think we handled it quite well.

2019 09 23 Retrieve

[Scott McTominay admits that standards have slipped at Manchester United] We know we all need to do more on and off the ball. It’s up to us now, with all the leaders in the group that we’ve got we need to bring everyone together and keep our heads. It’s not the time to back down and say ‘this is ok’. It’s not ok! We need to do more on and off and pitch. The manager has reiterated that, how it’s about the standards of this football club and they weren’t there today. It’s sickening when you come in and that’s the result. It’s so tough to take and it’s difficult for all our fans as well who were unbelievable all game. Unfortunately we didn’t send them back with three points

[McTominay is not looking to use absentees as an excuse] We have quality all over the squad and obviously some of the main players who play every week are injured, but so be it. It’s a chance for young players to come in and make their mark and in the future we have to look to them and hopefully they can get some more game time because we need them. It’s not a time to drop your head

2019 09 30 Retrieve

[Scott McTominay is convinced that manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the right man to lead the club] It takes time for a new manager coming in. It’s not all of a sudden just going to click straight into place. Once Sir Alex left, it was going to take time for the club to find the right manager, and I do believe that we have the right manager now in Ole. You see different eras in football teams – everybody goes through transitional stages and we’re going through one right now

[The Red Devils were trophyless in Sir Alex Ferguson’s first four seasons, but sticking with him ushered in an unprecedented era of success in Manchester, with the current manager a key figure in the 1999 treble-winning team] You have to have that continuity at any club. In this day and age, clubs are just willing to sack a manager without really thinking about the consequences for how that team is going to go forward in the next five or six years. Ole definitely has a plan for the short-term and long-term, and when you’ve got a guy like that, it’s important you stick by him

[McTominay identifies the success of Liverpool as more motivation to restore United to prominence] They’re doing well and that’s life. Sometimes teams can do well and other teams who’ve had amazing histories can drop off a little bit. But it’s up to us now as players to stick together and really push towards those standards we’ve set over different matches last season and seasons before. Getting that success back to Manchester United - there’s nothing more that I want than to see us right back at the top, where we belong

2019 10 01 Retrieve

[McTominay disappointed first Old Trafford goal didn’t deliver win over Arsenal] It is definitely a disappointment with different opportunities we had in the game and the way we started in the first 45 minutes, because we were right on the front foot and doing a lot of things right. I thought we were good value for three points. It is little mistakes that we have to start cutting out because they cost you games, and points in this respect. Everyone in the dressing room knows it is a tough one to take because we were on top

[McTominay could have had a second on the night, as he powered a second-half header over the crossbar, with United left to reflect on what could have been] I probably should have scored that header and that was disappointing. There were a lot of different chances we had in the game and it is about us being more ruthless in front of goal now. I have said it in previous weeks we have to get more opportunities and create more. That is something the gaffer, Kieran [McKenna] and Michael [Carrick] are reiterating in the training sessions. We are Manchester United and everything is so well documented but we have a real good bunch of players who are a tight-knit group and the team spirit is really, really good. We keep everything in house and it is all positive

[One positive for McTominay was his third competitive goal for the Red Devils] I had a funny feeling in the hotel that I was going to score at Wolves as well, so it must be the sleeping I am doing in the afternoons! It was an amazing feeling to score my first goal at Old Trafford. I scored a couple in the reserves but it is always a nice feeling to score in front of 76,000 people. It was amazing. The crowd were absolutely unbelievable

2019 10 15 Retrieve

[McTominay reveals ‘very special’ Mourinho still contacts him after Man Utd games] Jose is very special to me. He still keeps in contact with me now and keeps in touch after some games. He’ll always have a special place in mine and my family’s heart because he’s the one who brought you in, he was the one who trusted you, he was the one who had belief in you. I owe a tremendous amount of credit to him because if it wasn’t for him I might not necessarily be sitting in this seat

I wouldn’t be at this football club if it wasn’t for Paul McGuiness, Dave Bushall, Tony Whelan and people like that who show an absolutely ridiculous amount of patience with somebody who can’t even play an U18 game because he’s growing, his legs are stretching and he’s got no co-ordination. Yeah they need to be patient. Off the pitch as well they have to be patient with you as well. There’s a lot of different things with school and in your education and your digs you’re staying in. Dave Bushall had to change my digs like three or four times because my mum at home wasn’t happy or whatever. It’s amazing the level of work they go to, to ensure that every family and every player is happy. It’s incredible and a real credit to the academy and the staff here as well

Smiling comes from winning. That’s the way life is. When you’re doing well everyone wants to smile and everybody is pleased. That’s where we want to get to as a group. Hopefully in the next few games we can do that as well

2019 10 27 Retrieve

[Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay believes the Red Devils’ front three of Daniel James, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial would strike fear into any opponent] It’s frightening coming up against a trio like that. It’s a three with tremendous potential. It’s important for your strikers to be firing. We’ve got to talk about that [the missed penalties] in the dressing room and put it right

[he 1-1 draw between the old rivals saw United end the Reds’ bid for the record Premier League winning streak of 18 matches] We needed a performance today. We should have beaten Liverpool last week. We’ve put in a 90-minute performance. When we’re on it, we’re on it. Hopefully we can get some winning momentum

[Man Utd first team to score 2000 Premier League goals. McTominay’s record-setting goal put him in some illustrious company. Other players to have scored landmark goals for the club include Andy Cole and Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored the 500th and 1000th respectively] I knew about that record before the game, it’s nice. It’s a brilliant achievement to score in the Premier League. I just want to repay the manager’s faith. I’m delighted with three points and it’s important the team played well

2019 11 08 Retrieve

[Scott McTominay is staying positive at Manchester United and setting lofty targets] It’s pleasing to win a couple of individual trophies, it’s a nice feeling. But it’s difficult when we’ve had a lot of games. It’s a very, very busy period and three or four of the lads could have easily won it as well. So I was fortunate and I thank the fans for voting for me. The more important thing is that, when it comes to the business side of the season, we’re there or thereabouts and we can win things collectively as a group. That’s what everybody is dying for in that changing room. We could have three trophies this season and it’s something that we’re really looking forward to and aspiring to in terms of a group and our goals as well. It’s brilliant to win Player of the Month, but it’s about the collective and I wouldn’t be able to win it without my team-mates

[He helped the Red Devils to end Chelsea’s impressive unbeaten run with victory in the Carabao Cup, while recording the club’s 2,000th Premier League goal when finding the target against Norwich] That felt good. That was special. We knew about it before the game and I got reminded of it after the game as well and it was the just right place, right time. I’ve always said to my mum and my dad, your hard work always catches up with perfect timing. That was the perfect example of it

2019 11 19 Retrieve

[Scott McTominay believes dressing room discussions have helped Manchester United to rediscover their spark] In terms of the team, I feel we’re much, much brighter. The signs are good, the signs are positive and we’ve talked about things that we can improve on and how we’re going to try to improve by the end of the season, which is the business end of the season as well. It’s a normal thing to have meetings and for everybody to discuss, that’s a normal thing and the sign of a healthy dressing room. Boys speaking about it in the changing room, saying what they think we can improve on and what are good ideas as well. There’s plenty going on, it’s not a place to be quiet and in your shell. It’s time for people to really step up and start doing their jobs as well

[McTominay believes Solskjaer’s men can rein them in along with a number of other sides sat above them in the battle for top-four finishes] With the injuries we’ve had, I do think we’ve coped relatively well with a small squad and a lot of boys playing a lot of minutes in a short space of time. I think people forget that we have had a lot of injuries as well, and you can see with Anthony (Martial) coming back, what a difference he makes. There are very positive signs and things are changing. Everybody is looking forward to the next game and wanting that next game to come as soon as possible. Everybody wants to play and that’s the sign of a healthy dressing room

2019 12 05 Retrieve

[McTominay unfazed by sack talk at Old Trafford] I don’t read too much into what gets said online, or in the press, or different things like that. Obviously it’s our duty as players to go out there and do our best for him and hopefully we can [perform well] because we love him. We love him as a group as well. So, hopefully we can start putting in performances. Some of the points we’ve missed out on this year have not represented the level of performance as well, so hopefully we can keep pushing forward now

That was disappointing, to watch two or three games from the sidelines. Whenever I am watching, I am just desperate to be on the pitch as well. It was a brilliant atmosphere [against Spurs]. Some of the skills and tricks and some of our football in the first half, and some in the second half as well, was absolutely scintillating stuff and it was a pleasure to be a part of. We take it a game at a time and we look forward to Man City on Saturday, and hopefully we can keep pushing forwards after that as well

2019 12 07 Retrieve

[Scott McTominay is another looking for United to prove that they can scale those heights on a regular basis] You have to deal with them, but I thought in the first 30 minutes we were frightening with the three boys up front and that gives you a platform to go and attack the game. I feel like we withstood some tremendous pressure in the second half, which will stand us in good stead for the future games we’ve got. We knew we had a plan. We knew how we wanted to play and those first 30 minutes epitomised everything we spoke about in the meetings before the game. It’s nice to have one pay off. We have had so many points this year where we’ve not quite got there or been unfortunate, but that shows you have to keep working hard

2019 12 14 Retrieve

[Scott McTominay is eager to fulfil his dream of winning trophies at Manchester United in the near future] I never look back. Like after the game the other day against Man City, I never look back and think, ‘we’ve just done that to Manchester City in their own backyard’. A lot of people will have their opinions, I never really think too much about that. One game’s done, onto the next one, let’s win that one. That’s my motto and always has been, in the reserves and youth team as well. The manager has said that to us; the best players are going to play and that’s simple whenever you walk into a dressing room. It’s not just playing academy players for the sake of it, it’s playing them because he believes in those players and believes he can win trophies playing us. Hopefully next season and the seasons to come we can go on and win trophies as well. That’s got to be the dream. I need that thrill of winning trophies and especially this football club, there’s nowhere better to do it

I was just being myself. Someone who effectively just wanted to go out there and give my life for the football club and for him (Mourinho) as the manager. It’s the same now with Ole, it’s no different to Jose. The way I feel about both of them is that they are very, very close to my heart. Mourinho would always want people who would go on the pitch and give absolutely everything. That’s what I did and I tried to show him I was a good player and he’s been amazing with me. I’ve spoken a lot about Jose and vice versa. We have that mutual respect as professionals as one who is now a manager at a different club and I’m playing for Man United. He’s a man who me and my family hold very, very close to our hearts

2020 02 10 Retrieve

[Scott McTominay is looking to return to action at Manchester United as soon as possible] Yeah it has been going well. Obviously, it is never nice watching football matches when you have been playing, you want to be involved and you want to be helping the team as well. It is difficult, you know, but you have to find your way through it mentally more than physically sometimes. It is challenging, obviously, from my first proper injury. You need to have all of the right people around you, which I do, and that has been massively beneficial towards my recovery and obviously I want to be taking some part in the sessions towards the end of the week. We will just see where we go from there. So we are just going to do whatever we can to make sure I am back on the pitch as soon as possible

He is a pleasure to play alongside and he is a great guy as well. We get on really well and have a good relationship off the pitch. He’s a pleasure to work with and he’s a player who I admire a lot. He has come on leaps and bounds in the past few months, and he deserves all of the credit he is getting at the minute. Long may it continue as well

[McTominay added on the Old Trafford new boy] Yeah, in the brief moments that I have seen Bruno Fernandes in training, he has looked really, really good. He has looked like every type of player that the manager wants as well, so hopefully that can come to us on the pitch and he can show us what he can do. I can’t wait to play alongside him

2020 03 08 Retrieve

[McTominay excited to rub Man Utd’s derby win in City faces] I know some City fans, well, one or two, so it’ll be good to rub that one in their faces as well. That was such a sweet moment, especially in a game where we could have done with another goal earlier on to finish the game, but credit to the boys - they were top drawer. We had a sticky first 15, 20 minutes, but you see how much it means to the boys to win the derby again. That’s three times this year. But we have to keep going. It’s a game we have to take confidence from, but in the coming weeks, we have to go for some proper results and keep this run going. It was such a beautiful feeling, in front of our fans in the dying minutes. We can’t get too carried away but we’ve got to keep going and keep pushing for the Champions League.

You can see with the run of games we’ve been on, I’ve been injured for two months and I was desperate to get back because I could see the progression of the team. Just to come on and help the boys today was a pleasure. Obviously I’m fighting for my place, everybody in this team is not guaranteed a starting spot and everybody has to keep working every week. For me, that’s one of the most important things, but we’ll keep our feet on the ground and keep pushing forwards. We’ve won a game today but it’s the next one and the next one

2020 03 12 Retrieve

[Scott McTominay praised the arrival of born winner Bruno Fernandes] With Bruno you can see he comes in and he’s a born winner - you see than in training. He’s willing to take the ball in any situation and play the killer pass - we need that creative spark. I can’t give him enough credit for the way he’s started. He’s very demanding, a No.10 who wants the ball, but he’s been a breath of fresh air. He’s got a personality and that’s what this football club needs - he has that in abundance

It’s so important. If you don’t have competition for places people take their foot off the peddle and relax. It can only breed a healthy environment and Manchester United have always had that. I want to be one of the first names on the team sheet, but Nemanja is a great player and I can learn a lot from him

Obviously when you are growing up and play Under-18s and reserve games you are used to playing in front of lesser crowds. But it will be strange. We just have to keep doing what we have been doing. It is a real shame fans from both sides can’t come

2020 03 12b Retrieve

[Scott McTominay is looking to add more goals to his game against Manchester United] It’s always been part of my game, scoring goals from midfield and obviously making [it into] the box late and scoring from outside the box as well. Headers as well, I need to do better with them as well, so obviously there are a lot of things that I need to improve on. Obviously goalscoring is something that I take very, very seriously and obviously for myself it’s nice to get a few goals in the last couple of weeks, coming back from injury, but you need to keep scoring as regularly as you can and pushing towards the end of the season for trophies as well

[McTominay said of that ambition heading into the first leg of a continental clash with LASK] Yeah, that’s so important that we have that mindset of going the distance and every competition that we’re in - it’s not acceptable just to put a competition to the side and not concentrate on other ones. We’ve got a big enough squad now where we need to have full focus on every competition and for us it’s so important to get trophies - the manager and the coaching staff have reiterated those points to us. We just have to keep pushing in the league and obviously the cup competitions we’re in

2020 04 11 Retrieve

[Scott McTominay motivated to keep improving at Man Utd following injury frustration] I had a couple of injuries which were difficult to deal with mentally. For me that is one of the main priorities, keeping your head screwed on mentally. Physically I’ve always had that attitude to keep improving and wanting to do more and more to sustain yourself in the team, and keep yourself in the best shape as possible. For me that has just been normal for me.

I’ve had a training partner, Callum, who’s asking me the questions, and we’ve had a really good week or two of training and eating all right foods, and staying on top of it. So I feel like that motivation comes from him as well and everyone around me who are good people. So for me that is important

2020 04 26 Retrieve

[McTominay explains why he was never tempted by loan move away from Man Utd] Yeah, about a year and a half ago there was a time where it (a loan move) might have been a possibility and then somebody leaves or something like that, and then your opportunity comes and you have to take it. You hear loads of stories about boys going on loan and different things like that and I always had it in my head that I don’t want that.

I want to be showing myself here first and if it doesn’t work here then you go somewhere else. For me, you hear the stories about getting the life of luxury at Manchester United and people take that for granted, like the food in the canteen, your kit being laid out for you every morning. People just expect that and you have to always remember where you come from in that respect and always appreciate what people do for you. I feel like that is culture that is brought through for us

2020 05 21 Retrieve

[McTominay names his top three Manchester United academy talents to watch] There’s a lot. You see Di’Shon [Bernard], Largie [Ramazani], Jimmy [Garner], you see Mason [Greenwood], obviously, coming in and Mason’s on his way to being established. He’s not quite at that level of being a regular first-teamer, and that’s what Mason has to strive to become. He’s one of the most talented players that I’ve seen for a long time – his left-foot, right-foot shooting is ridiculous. For me, it’s my responsibility - we’ve got to take a responsibility now to push these younger boys and get them up to a level where it’s justifiable that they’ve reached their potential. For everyone at the football club, that’s the primary goal as well. It’s the same for myself: I’m getting pushed by the coaching staff every single day

What can we expect after isolation? I don’t know – the same old Scott! Motivated, wanting to learn, wanting to do well, coming back fitter. I’m sure all of the boys will be in their shape where we’ll have two or three weeks’ training and hopefully hit the ground running, and I’m sure there’ll be a lot of games. I think the simple answer to that question would be hungrier than ever. When I got back from injury, you have four or five games and then the season just stops. It’s like, well, no, this is where I need to kick on now! This is where I want to keep going! For me, it was bad timing, but always whenever you’re working hard at home, I’m sure we’ll come back and it will become good timing as well

2020 05 28 Retrieve

[Scott McTominay says Paul Pogba remains a dangerous tool for Manchester United] You’ve got the physique and the presence to hold people off and the burst of speed where you can get through as well. There’s so many good examples of it in world football. Paul’s probably one of the best examples of it, he’s very, very powerful and gets across the grass really, really quickly. It’s a dangerous tool to have in the middle of the pitch as well

For myself, someone who’s quite strong and a good runner, I should be testing teams more than I do. I should be breaking lines similar to what Paul does, drive into the box and create chances. We always have to have that balance of one goes and one sits, which is so important for a midfield player. Being box-to-box, there’s some amazing examples: Zidane, Patrick Vieira, Roy Keane, driving through the middle of the pitch and were exceptionally good at it. For me it’s important to keep watching clips like that, I get the guys to send them over as much as they can to analyse it.

2020 06 23 Retrieve

[McTominay signs new Man Utd deal to keep him at club until 2025] Whilst I understand that we all have so many other things to think about at the moment, I’m so happy to sign this contract and play a part in the future ahead for this team. All I have ever known is United and I hope that my passion for the club shows every time I go onto the pitch. I’ll continue to give everything for this club whenever I pull on the shirt. I want to thank the manager for the faith he has shown in me and everyone at the club that has helped me to get where I am today. I’m looking forward to finishing this season on a high and hopefully achieving our aims

2020 06 23b Retrieve

[Scott McTominay is very excited about the future at Manchester United, with the Scotland international having committed to a new contract with the club through to 2025] Very excited. You see the team we’ve got now and it’s amazing. For everybody from the outside looking in they should be saying that we’ve got a real chance to go and do really well. For us we have to keep our feet on the ground, keep training well every day and listen to the coaching staff and the ideas they’re portraying to us and put that into practice on the pitch. It’s strange with no fans at the minute but hopefully in time we’ll be able to get back to normal and resume where we left off after the last game

The manager is not wrong and has hit the nail on the head! You see other boys in the same situation to myself like Marcus [Rashford] and Jesse [Lingard] and Axel [Tuanzebe], boys who are doing tremendously well, and I want to be a role model for younger kids growing up and show them how you can get to a certain level with the first team. That’s by maintaining hard work throughout a number of years and for me that hard work doesn’t stop, it continues, and that’s the way I’ve been brought up through the football club. There are obviously a lot of other things going on in the world right now which are far more important than what’s happening with me, but it’s a real pleasure to be involved with this football club and hopefully going forward we’ll do really well