Scott McTominay

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Scott McTominay
Manchester United v Burton Albion, 20 September 2017 (30).jpg
McTominay playing for Manchester United in 2017
Personal information
Full name Scott Francis McTominay[1]
Date of birth (1996-12-08) 8 December 1996 (age 22)[2]
Place of birth Lancaster, England
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)[3]
Playing position Central midfielder
Club information
Current team
Manchester United
Number 39
Youth career
2002–2017 Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2017– Manchester United 39 (3)
National team
2018– Scotland 12 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:40, 6 October 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12:16, 13 October 2019 (UTC)

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

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] Having played as a centre forward in the earlier years of his youth career, McTominay converted to a central midfield role under Warren Joyce.[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]

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 Matic, 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 Wolves.[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]

International career[edit]

McTominay was born in England but has Scottish ancestry through his father coming from Helensburgh.[24] 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.[25]

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".[26] McTominay pledged his future to Scotland and was selected in their squad for two friendlies in March.[27][28]

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."[29] 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."[30]

On 23 March, McTominay was one of four players to be given their international debuts in McLeish's first game in charge.[31] He played the first 57 minutes in a 1–0 friendly defeat to Costa Rica before being replaced by Stuart Armstrong.[32] 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.[33]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 6 October 2019[34]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup EFL Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Manchester United 2016–17 Premier League 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2017–18 Premier League 13 0 3 0 3 0 4[a] 0 0 0 23 0
2018–19 Premier League 16 2 3 0 0 0 3[a] 0 22 2
2019–20 Premier League 8 1 0 0 0 0 1[b] 0 9 1
Career total 39 3 6 0 3 0 8 0 0 0 56 3
  1. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  2. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League

International[edit]

As of match played 13 October 2019[35][33]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Scotland 2018 5 0
2019 7 0
Total 12 0

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Scott McTominay profile". Bild. Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Scott McTominay". 11v11.com. AFS Enterprises. Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Who is Scott McTominay? Manchester United player profile". Manchester Evening News. MEN Media. 29 April 2017. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  4. ^ Marshall, Adam (30 April 2017). "Who is Scott McTominay?". ManUtd.com. Manchester United. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Scott McTominay". ManUtd.com. Archived from the original on 1 December 2017. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  6. ^ Short, Joe (30 April 2017). "Who is Scott McTominay? Everything you need to know about the Manchester United youngster". Express. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  7. ^ a b "Scott McTominay". youthhawk.co.uk. Archived from the original on 12 August 2017. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  8. ^ Luckhurst, Samuel (30 April 2017). "Who is Scott McTominay? Manchester United midfielder profile". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  9. ^ Shemilt, Stephan (28 April 2017). "Manchester United 1–1 Swansea City". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  10. ^ Hafez, Shamoon (21 May 2017). "Manchester United 2–0 Crystal Palace". BBC Sport. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  11. ^ Thompson, Gemma (9 July 2017). "Manchester United's Tour 2017 squad". ManUtd.com. Manchester United. Archived from the original on 13 August 2017. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  12. ^ Ganley, Joe (30 July 2017). "Valerenga 0 Manchester United 3". ManUtd.com. Manchester United. Archived from the original on 30 July 2017. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  13. ^ Johnston, Neil (20 September 2017). "Manchester United 4–1 Burton Albion". BBC Sport. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  14. ^ Hafez, Shamoon (18 October 2017). "Benfica 0–1 Manchester United". BBC Sport. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  15. ^ "Scott McTominay signs new contract at United". ManUtd.com. Manchester United. 20 October 2017. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  16. ^ Pritchard, Dafydd (24 October 2017). "Swansea City 0–2 Manchester United". BBC Sport. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  17. ^ "Scott McTominay signs new Manchester United contract". Sky Sports. 21 January 2019. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  18. ^ Mitten, Andy (1 March 2019). "Scott McTominay takes the chance to show his worth at Manchester United". Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  19. ^ "PSG vs Manchester United: Scott McTominay and Fred transform United’s biggest weakness into their strength" independent.co.uk 7 March 2019
  20. ^ "Manchester United vs Barcelona: A celebration of Scott ‘McSauce’ McTominay, the McTominator" Mark Critchley, The Independent, 11 April 2019
  21. ^ "Ex-Man Utd stars hail Scott McTominay's 'defining moment' against Barcelona". mirror.co.uk 11 APR 2019
  22. ^ Emons, Michael (2 April 2019). "Wolves 2–1 Manchester United". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  23. ^ "Scotland international and Manchester United star McTominay nets his first Old Trafford goal". NOT the old firm. Retrieved 1 October 2019.
  24. ^ "Alex McLeish: Scott McTominay can be a Scotland great – but fans shouldn't expect George Best". The National. 18 March 2019.
  25. ^ "Scotland: Scott McTominay yet to decide on his international future". BBC Sport. BBC. 6 November 2017. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  26. ^ "Manchester United's Jose Mourinho says Scott McTominay deserves Scotland call". BBC Sport. BBC. 18 February 2018. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  27. ^ Stone, Simon (4 March 2018). "Scott McTominay: Man Utd midfielder pledges international future to Scotland". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  28. ^ "Six new faces in Alex McLeish's Scotland squad for March friendlies". BBC Sport. BBC. 12 March 2018. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  29. ^ "Choosing Scotland easy for McTominay". ESPN.com. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  30. ^ "Scott McTominay Interview | Scotland v Costa Rica" Scotland National Team, 20 March 2018
  31. ^ "Scotland v Costa Rica | Match Report | Scottish FA". www.scottishfa.co.uk. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  32. ^ "Scotland 0–1 Costa Rica". BBC Sport. 23 March 2018. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  33. ^ a b Scott McTominay at the Scottish Football Association
  34. ^ Scott McTominay at Soccerway. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  35. ^ "Scott McTominay". EU-football.info. Retrieved 12 June 2019.

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