Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay has admitted that being named captain against Watford in the FA Cup third round was a “surreal moment”.
The 24-year-old made his United debut by Jose Mourinho in April 2017 after graduating from the club’s academy, and since then he has established himself as one of the most important – and versatile – members. from the club’s midfielder.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appears to favor McTominay for some of United’s biggest games, and the Norwegian’s admiration for the Scottish midfielder reached new levels when he chose to appoint him captain for the Watford game against Old Trafford.
McTominay, almost inevitably, netted a first-time winner for United and revealed to BT Sport after the game that leading the club he loves was a moment he would cherish forever.
“For me, when the manager told me [that I would be captain] it was a surreal moment, obviously being in this club since I was, what? I had just turned five – [so] mainly 18 years old, 19 years old [being] associated with the football club. So for me, it’s a huge honor, ”he said.
“I love this football club and it’s been my life most of my life. So yes, it’s a real honor.
“The manager has been just amazing to me since he came to the club and I have a lot of reasons to thank him, but the best way to thank him is to do performances on the pitch for this club and do his best. make.
“As long as I have the manager’s confidence, I’m happy to do my job every day in training and matches.”
McTominay’s salutary words to his manager were quickly repaid when Solskjaer suggested he was made captain because he always steps in when needed and fundamentally understands what it takes to represent and lead Manchester United.
“He did [deliver] he always does ”, said Solskajer BT Sport. “He’s a leader but I thought maybe today we give him to see how he reacts by wearing the armband.
“He’s still there to lead the way, but brilliant today. ‘We have always trusted our young men and Scott is one of them who we really believe has Man United DNA in him and he knows what it is to be. a Man Utd player. “