Scott McTominay: The Scottish midfielder feels his peak years are yet to come

What makes McTominay special is his versatility. He can play anywhere in the midfield positions and the tall midfielder is also extremely physical.

Scott Mctominay in training; Credit: Twitter@ManUtd
By Karthik Raman | Sep 12, 2023 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Scott McTominay has certainly made a name for himself at the highest level of football due to his consistent level of performances at domestic and international level. Coming through Manchester United’s academy, he has quickly become a regular in the first team squad. What makes McTominay special is his versatility. He can play anywhere in the midfield positions and the tall midfielder is also extremely physical.

Besides, Scott McTominay is known for making several runs into the box to frequently score goals for his country. Even in this international break, the 26-year-old registered a goal and an assist for Scotland against Cyprus. At an interview for the United Family series, McTominay believes that his peak will come later and he explained why. “My dad was brilliant because he would always say: ‘Just take your time, son’. ‘You’re going to grow and you’re going to get bigger,’ because he knows, doesn’t he?” started McTominay, quoted by the club’s website.

I grew maybe four years after everyone else: Scott McTominay

He added: “As a kid, you don’t know that. And you always think: I’m always the latest one. But then, when I did grow, when I was 17 or 18, I was sat next to him and I was above him. I was like: ‘What’s going on here? Four years ago, you were saying to me not to worry, and now look.’ I’d be thinking to myself: I’m bigger than my dad and he’s six-foot two! So it’s crazy in that respect. The way I see it now is that I grew maybe four years after everyone else, so my peak years are going to be four years later too. So I’m 26 now and my body age is technically like a 22-year-old. When I’m 30, I might feel like a 26-year-old. I might retire at 38 or 40!”

Scott McTominay might not have a regular starting place at Manchester United, however, he has been an important part of the Scotland setup. It is not a surprise either, considering his good run of form for the national team. Quizzed whether his new hairstyle is the reason behind his current form, McTominay told Viaplay Sports, “He [John McGinn] might be right to be fair, he might be right! The manager gives me a lot of freedom to get into the box and potentially make things happen. Obviously he has shown a lot of faith in me and I just want to make things happen.”

He added: “We have to keep a lid on it. We all know we are really good players and in the dressing room there is a really good squad, full of characters. John McGinn is one of those who has just done an interview and he is a prime suspect for being a great character and keeping the group together, he always wanted us to push and keep going. I feel like for us it is relatively simple, we have to just keep our feet on the ground and keep [scoring] goals without conceding goals.”

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