McTominay admits Rashford and Lingard remain inspirations to United academy boys

The 20-year-old is hoping to emulate the success of academy graduates Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford in United's first-team.

McTominay admits Rashford and Lingard remain inspirations to United academy boys
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Scott McTominay impressed for Manchester United's reserves last season before stepping up to the first-team setup during the closing stages of the 2016/17 campaign.  

The Lancaster-born midfielder made his Premier League debut as a second-half substitute against Arsenal at the Emirates last month before he made his full Manchester United debut on the final day of the season against Crystal Palace.

Following in Jesse and Marcus' footsteps

It was a confident and assured display against the Eagles from McTominay as he formed a midfield three with Axel Tuanzebe and Paul Pogba, which enabled United to dominate possession on their way to a 2-0 victory.

Both Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford came through the United ranks with the duo now established first-team players, a path McTominay is also hoping to take at the club.

The youngster spoke to ManUtd.com, where he outlined his ambitions for next season and the importance of playing matches to further his development.

 

“This football club is built around young players coming through the ranks. Look at Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard, they're now regular first-team players and that's what I need to aspire to be.

“They are an inspiration to me, the ones I look up to. I want to be over there playing with them, training every day and emulating what they're doing in the first team.”

McTominay’s first taste of action for the senior team has left him wanting more and he is now looking to impress Reds’ boss José Mourinho ahead of the 2017/18 season.

United’s pre-season tour of America next month offers him the perfect opportunity to showcase his ability against the likes of Manchester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona.

McTominay more hungry than ever 

"I had a little taste of first-team football against Palace and obviously that was the highlight of my season,” he said. “Next season, I want to be in and around the first team and pushing as hard as I possibly can to get into that group and show the manager I can be trusted to play in those games.

Stating that he is "more hungry than ever" right now, McTominay went on to explain "I've had a little taste and just want more and more. I will keep pushing for it every single day and hopefully can become a regular in the future. I definitely still need to be playing games with the Reserves, that's one thing I've spoken about before as game time is vitally important. 

"At this age group, if you're not playing games, it's more or less impossible to improve by just training alone. The one thing you need to be doing is playing those matches and hopefully pushing on."


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