McTominay hails Darren Fletcher's influence on Manchester United squad

There has always been a strong Scottish influence on Manchester United.

United’s two greatest managers have been Scots – Sir Matt Busby and Sir Alex Ferguson – and now Darren Fletcher and Scott McTominay are continuing to fly the flag.

In an interview with the club’s official website, McTominay hailed the influence of Fletcher on the whole squad.

In March, Fletcher was appointed technical director, having only joined the coaching team in January.

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“Darren has been absolutely amazing whenever he’s come in,” said McTominay of his countryman.

“He’s been a breath of fresh air. All the lads have really taken to him. He was a proper player and is a proper football man. 

“Michael Carrick, the manager, Mike Phelan, are all men who know the game inside out with vast experience of many different leagues. 

“For myself, it’s brilliant that I’ve got some of the best guys I could possibly wish for to help me with my game.

“I have to soak it in and maybe one day, be in a position like that and can say I was learning from them and the cycle continues.”

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Fletcher having an impact

Having waited so long for the club to make changes behind the scenes, United fans should be cheered by the fact that Fletcher’s appointment seems to be having an impact.

Fletcher knows what it takes to be a part of a trophy-winning squad at Old Trafford, and how to maintain those standards every single year.

On top of that, he’s talked up the club’s pursuit of Jadon Sancho and now well play a part in trying to help sign him this summer.

McTominay is a similar player to Fletcher. Neither was the most talented, but they’re incredibly fit, giving everything for the shirt with a minimum of fuss.

And while Fletcher was never able to get to a major tournament with Scotland, McTominay will be part of the side looking to stun England at Wembley tomorrow night and keep their Group D hopes alive.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.