Scott McTominay suffered two years of injury hell as a teenager – and he’s grateful to Manchester United, as the Scotland man wouldn’t have been a footballer afterwards if it wasn’t for them.
The Scotland midfielder-turned defender is now a regular member of the Manchester United first-team. He is also a solid pick for Scotland on the right of Steve Clarke’s 3-5-2 formation, which has secured Euro 2020 qualification.
But it hasn’t always been easy for McTominay. He spent two years out injured as a youngster and admits the support from Manchester United saved his career before it started.
“I genuinely don’t think it’s sunk in,” said the Scotland star. “I think it’s something that I will look back on at the end of my career.
“It’ll sink in as a special time in my life and sometimes you need to reset and think about it. My family are very humble, they won’t let you get ahead of yourself. They are always pushing me behind the scenes.
“When I was 16, I was really small. I couldn’t get near the team and I was injured for two years in the youth team. When I look back on it, if I knew in my mind how difficult it is to get to here, I would have written myself off.
“If I was at any other football club, I wouldn’t have been a footballer.”
McTominay’s now got the privilege of working with world-class teammates in similar facilities at Manchester United. Now looking to build form ahead of Euro 2020, he’s reflected on his time playing with Paul Pogba.
“I remember watching Pogba at Juventus when I was in the reserves at United,” he said (Pro Direct Soccer).
“I was like ‘this guy is ridiculous’. People don’t know him. People don’t. They don’t know him for who he is. He is very misunderstood, in my opinion, for the way he is, his personality and what he brings the team.
“Obviously he can have a bad game, everyone can have a bad game but because it’s Paul Pogba it’s magnified to a different level.”