Scott McTominay

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Scott McTominay
McTominay playing for Manchester United in 2021
Personal information
Full name Scott Francis McTominay[1]
Date of birth (1996-12-08) 8 December 1996 (age 27)[2]
Place of birth Lancaster, England
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)[3]
Position(s) Midfielder
Team information
Current team
Manchester United
Number 39
Youth career
2002–2017 Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2017– Manchester United 167 (19)
International career
2018– Scotland 47 (8)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 19:09, 24 February 2024 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 20:24, 23 November 2023 (UTC)

Scott Francis McTominay (born 8 December 1996) is a professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Premier League club Manchester United and the Scotland national team.

McTominay is a graduate of Manchester United's youth academy and made his senior debut for the club in May 2017. He has gone on to make more than 200 appearances for the club, winning the EFL Cup.

Born in England, McTominay qualifies to play for Scotland through his father hailing from Helensburgh. He made his senior international debut in March 2018, and represented the side at UEFA Euro 2020.

Club career[edit]

Manchester United[edit]

Youth career[edit]

McTominay was associated with the Manchester United academy from the age of five after attending the club's development centre in Preston.[4] Although central midfield was viewed as his most natural position, he moved into the attack after there was a lack of an "out-and-out" centre forward in the reserve team.[5] He signed his first professional contract in July 2013.[6]

He made seven appearances for the Under-18s between 2013 and 2015, but struggled due to his small size.[7] McTominay missed most of the 2014–15 season due to injuries relating to growth and development issues, growing 14 inches within two years.[8]

McTominay struggled again during the 2015–16 season, making 11 appearances across the Under-19s and Under-21s, but commanded a place in the team the following season with three goals in 21 games prior to his senior call-up.[7]

2016–17 season[edit]

On 30 April 2017, McTominay was named on the substitutes bench for a match against Swansea City in the Premier League. He made his first Premier League appearance on 7 May, coming on as a substitute against Arsenal,[9] before starting Manchester United's final Premier League match of the season on 21 May, a 2–0 win at home to Crystal Palace.[10]

2017–18 season[edit]

McTominay in 2017

Ahead of the 2017–18 season, McTominay was named as a member of Manchester United's touring party for their pre-season tour of the United States, as well as for matches against Vålerenga and Sampdoria.[11] In the match against Vålerenga on 30 July 2017, McTominay came on as a substitute for Paul Pogba just after the hour mark, and 10 minutes later, he scored his first senior goal for the club – the third in a 3–0 win.[12] McTominay made his first appearance of the season against Burton Albion in the EFL Cup on 20 September 2017, replacing Marcus Rashford in the 64th minute, in a 4–1 victory.[13] He made his European debut on 18 October, against Benfica, coming on for Henrikh Mkhitaryan in injury-time, winning a free-kick and getting Luisão sent off before seeing out the 1–0 away win.[14] Two days later, McTominay signed a new contract with United, keeping him at the club until June 2021, with an option to extend for a further year.[15] He made his first start of the season on 24 October, in a 2–0 win over Swansea at Liberty Stadium in the EFL Cup fourth round.[16]

2018–19 season[edit]

On 21 January 2019, McTominay signed a contract extension, keeping him at United until 2023, with the option of another year.[17] Replacing the injured Nemanja Matić, his first start of real significance under the management of Ole Gunnar Solskjær was against Liverpool on 24 February.[18] McTominay was praised by pundits and reporters for his contributions in Champions League matches against Paris Saint-Germain[19] and Barcelona.[20][21] He scored his first competitive goal for United on 2 April 2019 in what was his 41st appearance for the club as they lost 2–1 to Wolverhampton Wanderers.[22]

2019–20 season[edit]

McTominay scored his first goal at Old Trafford in a 1–1 draw against Arsenal on 30 September 2019.[23] On 27 October, McTominay scored United's 2,000th Premier League goal in a 3–1 victory against Norwich City at Carrow Road.[24] McTominay was credited with another goal, scored against Brighton on 10 November, after United successfully appealed to a Premier League panel that it should not be designated as an own goal by Davy Pröpper.[25]

McTominay suffered a knee ligament injury on 26 December, which prevented him from playing for two months.[26] He resumed full training on 19 February 2020.[26] On 27 February, McTominay scored his first European goal in United's UEFA Europa League Round of 32 second leg match against Club Brugge, with United winning 5–0 (6–1 on aggregate).[27] On 8 March, he scored United's second goal in a 2–0 win at home to Manchester City, shooting into an empty net from 40 yards after a mistake by goalkeeper Ederson, to help United to their first league double over their city rivals in a decade.[28]

On 23 June 2020, McTominay signed a new contract with Manchester United set to keep him at the club until June 2025.[29]

2020–21 season[edit]

On 30 September 2020, McTominay scored his first goal of the season as United won 3–0 against Brighton & Hove Albion in the EFL Cup.[30] On 20 December 2020, he scored his first league goals of the season, when he scored a brace inside 3 minutes in a 6–2 home win against Leeds United.[31] This was the first time in the history of the Premier League that a player had scored twice in the opening three minutes of a game.[32]

On 9 January 2021, McTominay became the stand-in captain in the FA Cup game against Watford and subsequently scored the only goal of the game inside five minutes as United won 1–0.[33]

On 2 February 2021, McTominay scored a goal in Manchester United's Premier League record-equalling 9–0 home win against Southampton.[34] Four days later, he followed this up by scoring in a 3–3 draw against Everton, making this his highest scoring season so far with six goals.[35]

2021–22 season[edit]

McTominay playing for Manchester United in 2022

On 30 December 2021, McTominay scored his first goal of the season when opened the scoring in a 3–1 win over Burnley.[36]

On 10 January 2022, McTominay scored a goal against Aston Villa to help Manchester United advance into the fourth round of the 2021–22 FA Cup.[37]

2022–23 season[edit]

McTominay started games less frequently for United during the 2022–23 season than in previous years, following the signing of Casemiro as their first choice defensive midfielder.[38] He won his first senior trophy on 26 February 2023, appearing as a substitute in the second half of the 2023 EFL Cup final against Newcastle United.[39]

2023–24 season[edit]

On 7 October 2023, after coming on as a substitute in the 87th minute, McTominay scored twice in stoppage time to give United a 2–1 comeback win against Brentford.[40] On 29 November he scored his first UEFA Champions League goal away against Galatasaray in a 3–3 draw, before scoring a brace in the Premier League to beat Chelsea 2–1 the following week.

On 17 December, McTominay captained Manchester United for the first time in a Premier League match in a 0–0 draw with Liverpool at Anfield.[41]

On 11 February 2024, McTominay scored the winning goal in a 2–1 away win against Aston Villa at Villa Park.[42]

International career[edit]

Eligibility[edit]

McTominay was born in England but qualifies for Scotland through his father, who is from Helensburgh.[43] McTominay attended training camps with the Scottish youth sides. In November 2017, McTominay told Scottish Football Association performance director Malky Mackay that he wanted to concentrate on securing a place in the Manchester United first team.[44]

Speaking in February 2018, club manager José Mourinho suggested that new Scotland manager Alex McLeish should select McTominay "because it looks like England is missing him".[45] McTominay pledged his future to Scotland and was selected in their squad for two friendlies in March.[46][47] Later that month, McTominay's grandfather revealed Sir Alex Ferguson wanted him to represent Scotland. Manchester United academy coach Brian McClair explained "McLeish made a huge effort getting to Carrington to meet up with him, because it was in the middle of the bad weather that we had. He made it, put a case. Gareth Southgate sent him a text."[48] McTominay said of the conversation with McLeish, "He travelled a hell of a long way to come and speak with me and I have to thank him for that. The conversation we had was relatively simple. I wanted to play for Scotland and I always have done since I was a young boy and it was an incredibly proud moment for me when he did call me up and hopefully I can kick on and do well."[49]

Debut[edit]

On 23 March, McTominay was one of four players to be given their international debuts in McLeish's first game in charge.[50] He played the first 57 minutes in a 1–0 friendly defeat to Costa Rica before being replaced by Stuart Armstrong.[51] He made his first competitive appearance for Scotland in September 2018, as a 79th minute substitute for Callum McGregor in a 2–0 win against Albania.[52] He was selected for international duty again in November 2019, but had to withdraw due to injury.[53]

Euro 2020[edit]

For the international games played in September 2020, McTominay was used as a centre-back in a three-man defence.[54] The Times commented that McTominay had the physique needed for the position, but had struggled to adapt to the role.[54] He continued in this role during the October 2020 internationals, and the Daily Record said that there were indications that his play had improved.[55] He converted both his penalties in the shootouts against Israel, and in the final playoff against Serbia, helping Scotland qualify for their first tournament in 23 years.

McTominay was named by Steve Clarke in the Scotland squad for the Euro 2020 finals.[56] He started all three Group D games against the Czech Republic, England, and Croatia; however, Scotland failed to qualify for the knockout stages.

2022 World Cup qualification[edit]

McTominay scored his first international goal on 9 October 2021, an injury-time winner against Israel in a 2022 World Cup qualifier.[57]

Euro 2024 qualification[edit]

On 25 March 2023 McTominay scored two late goals in a 3–0 win over Cyprus in the first game of UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying.[58] Three days later he scored another brace in a 2–0 win over Spain, his country's first win against that opponent since 1984.[59] A viral video of McTominay's second goal against Spain has amassed more than 5.8 million views on Instagram.[60] McTominay scored his fifth goal of the qualifying group during a 2–0 win against Georgia in June 2023.[61] He then scored the first goal in a 3–0 away win at Cyprus, while also providing an assist for fellow midfielder John McGinn. He ended the qualification phase as Scotland's top-scorer with seven goals.[62]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 24 February 2024[63]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup EFL Cup Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Manchester United 2016–17[64] Premier League 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2017–18[65] Premier League 13 0 3 0 3 0 4[a] 0 23 0
2018–19[66] Premier League 16 2 3 0 0 0 3[a] 0 22 2
2019–20[67] Premier League 27 4 2 0 1 0 7[b] 1 37 5
2020–21[68] Premier League 32 4 4 2 2 1 11[c] 0 49 7
2021–22[69] Premier League 30 1 2 1 0 0 5[a] 0 37 2
2022–23[70] Premier League 24 1 4 0 4 1 7[b] 1 39 3
2023–24[71] Premier League 23 7 2 0 0 0 5[a] 1 30 8
Career total 167 19 20 3 10 2 42 3 239 27
  1. ^ a b c d Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  2. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  3. ^ Five appearances in UEFA Champions League, six appearances in UEFA Europa League

International[edit]

As of match played 19 November 2023[72][52]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Scotland 2018 5 0
2019 7 0
2020 7 0
2021 9 1
2022 9 0
2023 10 7
Total 47 8
Scores and results list Scotland's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each McTominay goal.
List of international goals scored by Scott McTominay
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 9 October 2021 Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland 27  Israel 3–2 3–2 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
2 25 March 2023 Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland 38  Cyprus 2–0 3–0 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying
3 3–0
4 28 March 2023 Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland 39  Spain 1–0 2–0 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying
5 2–0
6 20 June 2023 Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland 41  Georgia 2–0 2–0 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying
7 8 September 2023 AEK Arena, Larnaca, Cyprus 42  Cyprus 1–0 3–0 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying
8 16 November 2023 Dinamo Arena, Tbilisi, Georgia 46  Georgia 1–1 2–2 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying

Honours[edit]

Manchester United

Individual

See also[edit]

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