He’s got Lionel Messi’s shirt in the house – but it’s Euro 2020 qualification that’s made Manchester United and Scotland star Scott McTominay’s family smile.

The midfielder has enjoyed a great season which has had become a fully-fledged Manchester United regular while booking a place at Euro 2020 next summer with Scotland. A few seasons ago though, he picked up one of his best mementos, Messi’s shirt from a battle between Barcelona and the Red Devils.

Barcelona vs Manchester United: UEFA Champions League

McTominay faced Messi when Manchester United travelled to Barcelona in 2019. (Photo by Adria Puig/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

But it didn’t all go to plan for the Manchester United and Scotland star (ESPN): “I got Lionel’s Messi’s shirt when we played against Barcelona. Chris Smalling had elbowed him and there was blood coming out of Messi’s nose. He thought it was me and I had asked Sergio Romero if he could ask if I could have his shirt!

“He came back and Lionel thought I was the one who elbowed him on the halfway line! I was like, ‘no, no, no, make sure I get that shirt!’ He knows it wasn’t me and I wanted it up in my bedroom.”


Alas, McTominay will play for Scotland at Euro 2020 this summer, something that has made the Scottish side of his family proud after 23 years without tournament football: “The best thing about representing Scotland is when I speak to my grandparents and all my Scottish family.

“That is the best thing. When I spoke to them when we got to the Euros and stuff, that was it. Seeing their smiles on the faces… if it was my grandson I would have been super-proud so I can only imagine what they were thinking.”

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