Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay has told Jose Mourinho that he is ‘ready’ to be called upon ahead of the midfield dilemma awaiting the manager for this weekend’s Manchester derby.
McTominay has been an unlikely beneficiary of Mourinho’s selection; after selling senior midfielders Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger, the youngster has found himself in contention for minutes this season due to injury problems for Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini.
With the former suspended on Sunday and the latter struggling for fitness, McTominay has insisted he is ready to answer the call should he be required to play. “I know I need to be patient but I’m working hard to be ready for whenever the manager needs me,” he told United Review. “We’re fighting on all fronts and we want to go as far as we can in every competition. We’re Man United, we want to win everything.”
One player who will definitely play on Sunday is Nemanja Matic and McTominay heaped praise on the former Chelsea man. “He’s great,” says the youngster. ‘Off the pitch, he’s really supportive and he makes a big fuss of you when he sees you! And, on the pitch, he’s always speaking to you as well. As a young player, to have someone so senior looking out for you it gives you a big lift. During the game, I tried to emulate what he did and be a bit of a shield and I thought we did well in the game and controlled the tempo. The whole experience was great.”
Sunday’s game will surely be one of too great a magnitude to throw the inexperienced McTominay in, but his attitude is right.
Read the full interview on Man Utd.com.