20-year-old midfielder Scott McTominay is in Manchester United’s squad for Sunday’s Premier League fixture against Swansea City.
Manchester Evening News broke the news of McTominay’s first call-up on Saturday evening.
McTominay has worked tirelessly all season for the struggling under-23s. His 6ft 4in stature led to Warren Joyce using him up front to hold up the ball after the under-23s were left with no natural strikers this season.
However, McTominay has an interesting story. He told ManUtd.com in September how he’d grown eight inches or so in a year. That stunted his development greatly, virtually skipping the under-18 age group with almost two years out.
“It was around 18 months ago. I was 5ft 6ins and, to go from that to the height I am now, 6ft 2ins or 6ft 3ins, it takes a little bit of time to get used to it.” – Scott McTominay
After adjusting to playing with such height, McTominay has been a mainstay in United’s under-23 side with either he, Matty Willock or Devonte Redmond playing up front despite being midfielders.
Scott was used to hold up the ball because he had the strength, not just the height to do so. He’s a strong tackler with great stamina and a superb work rate and attitude, as shown in that interview with ManUtd.com.
He was mainly a creative midfielder before his growth spurt. Now playing a different role, he’s got a number of different attributes to play in various roles in midfield.
It’s a somewhat surprise call-up, though. José Mourinho picked Matty Willock for squads earlier this season, but clearly McTominay has impressed him with his attitude.