Scott McTominay: Jose Mourinho and Sir Alex Ferguson give me confidence

by Alex Turk

Scott McTominay says that Jose Mourinho and Sir Alex Ferguson give him confidence after breaking through to the Manchester United first team and Scotland national team in the 2017-18 season.

McTominay made 23 appearances for Man United last term and was clearly trusted by manager Mourinho considering some three of those appearances came in the Champions League, including the round of 16, first leg against Sevilla.

After growing 14 inches in two years between 2013 and 2015, McTominay has transitioned from a striker and is now seen as an energetic midfielder by Mourinho, who even preferred him to £89m signing Paul Pogba on some occasions across the season.

In an interview with the Daily Record, the 21-year-old Scot explained what impact Mourinho has had on him and how the Portuguese boss travelled to Scotland to watch him make his international debut.

He said: “[Jose Mourinho] came up to Hampden for the game against Costa Rica and was delighted to see one of his boys make his international debut. He is a top manager and the things he has done for me this season have been incredible.”

Another big influence in McTominay’s career has been the legendary Sir Alex, who the midfielder says motivated him to make sure he selected to play for Scotland rather than England:

Sir Alex Ferguson also spoke to my dad,” McTominay added. “At the Munich memorial service recently he also pulled me aside and said, ‘Make sure you play for Scotland!’. Jose and Sir Alex give you such confidence.”

United fans will be hoping McTominay can push on from a successful full season with the first team and continue to impress in the middle of the park, rather than being shipped out on loan.

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