Scott McTominay has given an insight into his journey to the Manchester United first team.
The 24-year-old is getting ready for his first game at a major international tournament today, when Scotland take on the Czech Republic.
Ahead of that game, he was interviewed by Peter Crouch on the BBC’s Year-Late Euros Live and said he left home at the age of 12 to follow his dream of playing for United.
“I was five when we first went to Man United,” said McTominay. “I’d just turned five.
“And then you go to school in Manchester with all the other scholars. That’s when you’re 12. So really, I moved away from home when I was 12 to live in digs.
“I was only a baby when I was 16, really small compared to fully grown men.
“I’m getting in the car with my dad on the way home from games thinking, ‘how do I compete with these?’ It was strange, I completely shot up when I was 17, 18.”
Euros could take McTominay to new level
Former United boss David Moyes has picked McTominay out as one of the players to watch at the Euros.
If he replicates the level of performance he showed in the Europa League final for Scotland, it will take him to a new level.
Doing the business on that stage can change a player’s profile and McTominay will be in Steve Clarke’s team, either in defence or midfield.
McTominay offered an insight into the sacrifices and challenges footballers have to face at an early age to make it to the top – but it’s all worthwhile for the opportunity to represent your country at a major tournament.
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