McTominay: Tours are great opportunities
When a fresh-faced Scott McTominay featured on Manchester United's pre-season tour last summer, few would have envisaged what the young midfielder would go on to accomplish in his first full season in the senior squad.
During Tour 2017, the Academy graduate built on his competitive debut in the preceding May by playing against Real Madrid in the United States and scoring in the Reds' 3-0 win over Valerenga in Norway. The overall experience proved to be a great platform for McTominay, who went on to make 23 appearances for the club in 2017/18 and receive the Manager's Player of the Season award from Jose Mourinho.
Speaking to ManUtd.com in April, the Scotland international suggested this month's Tour 2018, presented by Aon, will offer similar opportunities to another set of United youngsters.
"We're going back to the States this year and it's a great chance for more young players to come and show the manager what you can do," said McTominay.
"To be selected for the tour was a really good achievement for me and I was involved in some great games. I came on against Real Madrid - to play against them was incredible for me
"I got my first senior goal for the club against Valerenga and that was such a proud moment and it just makes you want more."
McTominay is ready to offer advice to any young players included in this summer's tour squad, to help them make the most of the opportunity.
"Through the last year I have tried to pass on some of the things I’ve learnt to the younger lads," he said.
"When players like Angel [Gomes] and others come up into the first-team squad, you have to help them and explain things to them. You try to pass on your knowledge, just like senior players such as Michael Carrick have done with me."
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