McTominay was associated with theÂ Manchester United academyÂ from the age of five after attending the club’s development centre inÂ Preston.Â Having played as a centre forward in the earlier years of his youth career, McTominay converted to a central midfield role underÂ Warren Joyce.Â He signed his first professional contract in July 2013.
He made seven appearances for theÂ Under-18sÂ between 2013 and 2015, but struggled due to his small size.Â McTominay missed most of the 2014â€“15 season due to injuries relating to growth and development issues, growing 14 inches within two years.
McTominay struggled again during the 2015â€“16 season, making 11 appearances across theÂ Under-19sÂ andÂ Under-21s, but commanded a place in the team the following season with three goals in 21 games prior to his senior call-up.
On 30 April 2017, McTominay was named on the substitutes bench for a match againstÂ Swansea CityÂ in theÂ Premier League. He made his first Premier League appearance on 7 May, coming on as a substitute againstÂ Arsenal,Â before starting Manchester United’s final Premier League match of the season on 21 May, a 2â€“0 win at home toÂ Crystal Palace.
Ahead of the 2017â€“18 season, McTominay was named as a member of Manchester United’s touring party for their pre-season tour of the United States, as well as for matches againstÂ VÃ¥lerengaÂ andÂ Sampdoria.Â In the match against VÃ¥lerenga on 30 July 2017, McTominay came on as a substitute forÂ Paul PogbaÂ just after the hour mark, and 10 minutes later, he scored his first senior goal for the club â€“ the third in a 3â€“0 win.Â McTominay made his first appearance of the season againstÂ Burton AlbionÂ in theÂ EFL CupÂ on 20 September 2017, replacingÂ Marcus RashfordÂ in the 64th minute, in a 4â€“1 victory.Â He made his European debut on 18 October, againstÂ Benfica, coming on forÂ Henrikh MkhitaryanÂ in injury-time, winning a free-kick and gettingÂ LuisÃ£oÂ sent off before seeing out the 1â€“0 away win.Â Two days later, McTominay signed a new contract with United, keeping him at the club until June 2021, with an option to extend for a further year.Â He made his first start of the season on 24 October, in a 2â€“0 win over Swansea atÂ Liberty StadiumÂ in the EFL Cup fourth round.
On 21 January 2019, McTominay signed a contract extension, keeping him at United until 2023, with the option of another year.Â Replacing the injuredÂ Nemanja Matic, his first start of real significance under the management ofÂ Ole Gunnar SolskjÃ¦rÂ was against Liverpool on 24 February.Â McTominay was praised by pundits and reporters for his contributions in Champions League matches againstÂ Paris Saint-GermainÂ andÂ Barcelona.Â He scored his first competitive goal for United on 2 April 2019, in what was his 41st appearance for the club, as they lost 2â€“1 toÂ Wolves.
McTominay scored his first goal at Old Trafford in a 1â€“1 draw against Arsenal on 30 September 2019.
On 10 November 2019, McTominay scored against Brighton, initially credited as an own goal byÂ Davy PrÃ¶pper, United successfully appealed the award of the goal three days later, on 13 November, which has been switched to McTominay after a decision by the Premier League’s Goal Accreditation Appeals Panel. The three-person panel reached their verdict after reviewing the match footage.
McTominay was born in England but has Scottish ancestry through his father coming fromÂ Helensburgh.Â McTominay attended training camps with the Scottish youth sides. In November 2017, McTominay toldÂ Scottish Football AssociationÂ performance directorÂ Malky MackayÂ that he wanted to concentrate on securing a place in the Manchester United first-team.
Speaking in February 2018, club managerÂ JosÃ© MourinhoÂ suggested that new Scotland managerÂ Alex McLeishÂ should select McTominay “because it looks like England is missing him”.Â McTominay pledged his future to Scotland and was selected in their squad for two friendlies in March.
Later that month, McTominay’s grandfather revealedÂ Sir Alex FergusonÂ wanted him to represent Scotland. Manchester United academy coachÂ Brian McClairÂ explained “McLeish made a huge effort getting toÂ CarringtonÂ to meet up with him, because it was in the middle of the bad weather that we had. He made it, put a case.Â Gareth SouthgateÂ sent him a text.”Â McTominay said of the conversation with McLeish, “He travelled a hell of a long way to come and speak with me and I have to thank him for that. The conversation we had was relatively simple. I wanted to play for Scotland and I always have done since I was a young boy and it was an incredibly proud moment for me when he did call me up and hopefully I can kick on and do well.”
|Full name||Scott Francis McTominay|
|Date of birth||8 December 1996|
|Place of birth||Lancaster, England|
|Height||6Â ft 4Â in (1.93Â m)|
|Playing position||Central midfielder|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:20, 26 December 2019 (UTC)
â€¡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19:13, 18 October 2019 (UTC)
On 23 March, McTominay was one of four players to be given their international debuts in McLeish’s first game in charge.Â He played the first 57 minutes in a 1â€“0 friendly defeat toÂ Costa RicaÂ before being replaced byÂ Stuart Armstrong.Â He made his first competitive appearance for Scotland in September 2018, as a 79th minute substitute forÂ Callum McGregorÂ in a 2â€“0 win against Albania.
In November 2019 he was one of three Scotland players to withdraw from the national squad due to injury.