Scott McTominay has named the four ‘stand out’ players in the Manchester United academy and discussed his responsibility to ‘push on’ the club’s next generation of emerging talent.
McTominay has established himself as a key figure in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side since coming through the academy ranks at Old Trafford, playing a pivotal role in the club’s recent progress and becoming a regular at international level with Scotland.
The midfielder – alongside the likes of Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard – has continued Manchester United‘s long-standing traditions of building around home-grown talent, and the 23-year-old has now named the prospects he is tipping to have a big future at the club, while outlining his ‘responsibility’ in helping them maximise their potential.
“For the younger boys? There’s a lot,” McTominay said when asked to name the ‘stand out’ players in the clubs academy during a Q&A session for the official Man Utd website.
“You see Di’Shon [Bernard], Largie [Ramazani], Jimmy [Garner], you see Mason [Greenwood], obviously, coming in and Mason’s on his way to being established. He’s not quite at that level of being a regular first-teamer, and that’s what Mason has to strive to become. He’s one of the most talented players that I’ve seen for a long time – his left-foot, right-foot shooting is ridiculous.
“For me, it’s my responsibility – Marcus [Rashford], Jesse [Lingard], the more experienced ones like Juan [Mata], Nemanja [Matic], Granty, for example – we’ve got to take a responsibility now to push these younger boys and get them up to a level where it’s justifiable that they’ve reached their potential.
“For everyone at the football club, that’s the primary goal as well. It’s the same for myself: I’m getting pushed by the coaching staff every single day. Obviously Harry Maguire, Nemanja, Paul [Pogba], they’re such influential players that you have to learn from every day.
“If the boys don’t take responsibility for their own careers, it can pass you by quickly. The boys who have come into the first team this year from the younger age groups have been an absolute credit.”
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