Scott McTominay revealed he fulfilled a childhood dream by starting for Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday night.
The 20-year-old had made his debut in the tournament as a late substitute against Benfica in Lisbon in a 1-0 win, but was handed his third ever start in a Man United shirt in the home fixture against the Portuguese champions,
Starting alongside Nemanja Matic in midfield, McTominay impressed with a very solid performance.
“As a young boy growing up, you dream of playing in the Champions League for United,” McTominay told BT Sport. “I’m made up with tonight.”
Though born in England, McTominay has previously said he will represent Scotland if he gets the chance.
United celebrated the 80th anniversary of their wonderful record of a youth graduate in every matchday squad. 30th October 1937 was the first game of a run that has stretched over 3,800 matches of a homegrown player in the squad.
He had some struggles with growing issues in his late teens, effectively skipping the entirety of his under-18s career, almost two years.
But he has excelled in under-23s football and earned the trust of Mourinho with a number of good performances on big occasions.
Chances may be less in the coming months with Marouane Fellaini and Paul Pogba set to return soon, but McTominay is certainly a part of the first team now and is learning and gaining valuable experience.