He’s on the cusp of Europa League glory with Manchester United and Euro 2020 with Scotland – and Scott McTominay says it’s a nice reminder for the doubters.

McTominay has blossomed into a key player for Manchester United and Scotland, the potential to head to Scotland’s first major tournament since 1998 with a European winners’ medal very real. But that was far from reality a few years ago, many writing McTominay off as he took a while to develop.

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Key man for club and country (Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

But he’ll have the last laugh now, the Manchester United and Scotland star proud of how far he has come (Daily Mail): “When I was younger, I was told I was too small, too slow, can’t jump. A year later, I was 6ft 3in. I absolutely loved it, proving those people wrong and hearing their opinions change.

“It felt like I was written off a million times. It’s what made me. Kids now think it’s all sunshine and rainbows coming through academies and they will walk into the first team and have an amazing career. That kind of story is one in a million.


“Everyone else has to fight and scrap for every little thing. I can’t ever be satisfied, even if I’ve got Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s (Manchester United manager) approval. It’s always about driving myself further to become a better player. I was a late developer so I’m making up for lost time. I’ve still got many more years to grow into my body.”

Scotland’s Euro 2020 campaign kicks off against Czech Republic next month, McTominay joining the squad later due to Manchester United involvement in the Europa League final.

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