Scott McTominay committed his international future this season, after both Alex McLeish and Gareth Southgate paid him a visit at Carrington.
The midfielder had said years earlier that he felt more Scottish than English so it was easy enough to predict he would want to play for the country of his father, just as its easy enough to predict so many more things, so if you like your odds but want a few little boost up then head over to Bet365’s vouchercloud page to get yourself some freebies and offers before you place your bet.
McTominay has revealed that Sir Alex Ferguson had always tried to convince him to choose Scotland and reiterated this again in February at the Munich memorial.
“Change my mind? No chance,” he said. “You can dismiss that one. It was an easy decision for me to play for Scotland and make my grandad so proud. It was never a decision in my eyes. I was desperate to turn out for Scotland. I just want to make all my family in Helensburgh proud. It’s where my dad was brought up and I used to come up every new year to see my aunties, uncles, grandparents and everyone else who lives there. It’s a place I still hold dear in my heart. I was in and around the Cliff training ground as a kid and Sir Alex also spoke to my dad. 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.”
McTominay has been at United since he was five and Ferguson has kept a close eye on the midfielder. As with Darren Fletcher before him, the legendary manager wasn’t just considering what was best for his club, but his country too.
However, a series of injuries and a rapid growth spurt meant that McTominay missed a lot of playing time at youth level, before emerging as a surprise member of Jose Mourinho’s first team squad this season.
The manager revealed that last summer there was talk of his signing for a club in the lower divisions, as some of the players from his year group did, but he stuck it out at United and was rewarded for doing so.
Scotland haven’t qualified for this year’s World Cup, with their last appearance in the tournament back in 1998, so McTominay may have some time to wait before he plays in any meaningful international games. However, supporters in Scotland will be hoping that McLeish can lead the national team to the Euros in two years time, by which point McTominay would be 23, and hoping to have enough experience under his belt to become a key player for the team.
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