Scott McTominay targeting long career at Manchester United

by Leo Nieboer

Scott McTominay has insisted that he wants to enjoy a long Manchester United career after claiming his first senior goal against Valerenga on Sunday.

The 20-year-old, after making his full senior debut against Crystal Palace in May, has been a regular presence in Jose Mourinho’s side over the summer, starting against Salt Lake City and featuring for 40 minutes against Real Madrid.

He came on with 30 minutes left against Valerenga and just ten minutes later muscled his way into the box before expertly lifting the ball into the top corner to give Man United their third goal of the night.

And McTominay, speaking after the 3-0 win in Oslo, noted that he hoped to remain at Old Trafford for as long as possible.

“Coming over with the first team for a start and just playing games with them in pre-season and then obviously to get my first senior goal – it’s the best feeling in the world,” he said. 

“It’s the best moment of my life so you just want more and more of this. This is what you work for every single day in training, dedicating yourself. I’m just going to enjoy it now and push forward to do my best.”

“Referring to the goal and the game, the young midfielder commented: “The ball just broke and there was a little bounce and I’ve just whipped it in the far corner. It was brilliant; like I say, it was the best feeling.

“Valerenga were a really good team. It was a tough first half. In the first 20 minutes they were tough to break down and kept the ball, but eventually our quality showed and we got the goals and it was a pleasing night.”

“For me, it’s brilliant to be away with them. Seeing how they prepare, what they do before games and during training, watching players like Paul Pogba or, in my position, Michael Carrick, and just learning as much as I can from them. I couldn’t be at a better place.”

What I like about McTominay is that he labelled his goal against Valerenga as the “best moment of his life”, which is a nice distinction from when most professionals talk about big moments being the “best moment of my career”.

I mean, sure, becoming a father or getting married might be considered as more significant in the grander scheme of things – two occurrences I don’t think have happened to McTominay yet – but the Englishman nevertheless has the right attitude. He loves the club and wants to learn, and when you couple that with the unquestionable talent he has on the ball it makes for a truly exciting prospect.

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