McTominay: My peak will come later
Scott McTominay cannot stop scoring for Scotland and he is out to earn further acclaim in the 150th anniversary heritage game with England tonight (Tuesday, 19:45 BST kick-off).
The Manchester United midfielder is the joint-leading marksman in the Euro 2024 qualifiers (alongside Reds strikers past and present in Romelu Lukaku and Rasmus Hojlund) and has helped Steve Clarke's men maintain a 100 per cent record in their qualifying group, ahead of second-placed Spain.
A goal and assist in Cyprus last time out was further evidence of Scott's red-hot form, even if he missed our latest Premier League fixture, against Arsenal, due to illness.
The Academy star's productivity has been one of the talking points of this international break but he feels the best is still yet to come.
During an interview to be shown across club channels as part of the United Family series, the 26-year-old admitted his peak might come later considering the way he developed at Carrington.
McTominay was smaller than most of his peers during his school days and it was only after a growth spurt that he was able to become the combative powerhouse in the engine room that he is today.
In his mind, it means time is on his side as he can hope to have a lengthy career at the highest level into his late thirties.
"My dad was brilliant because he would always say: 'Just take your time, son'," revealed Scott recently. "'You're going to grow and you're going to get bigger,' because he knows, doesn’t he?
"As a kid, you don't know that. And you always think: I'm always the latest one. But then, when I did grow, when I was 17 or 18, I was sat next to him and I was above him.
"I was like: 'What’s going on here? Four years ago, you were saying to me not to worry, and now look.'
"I’d be thinking to myself: I'm bigger than my dad and he's six-foot two! So it's crazy in that respect.
"The way I see it now is that I grew maybe four years after everyone else, so my peak years are going to be four years later too.
"So I’m 26 now and my body age is technically like a 22-year-old. When I'm 30, I might feel like a 26-year-old. I might retire at 38 or 40!"
Look out for the interview in full with Scott McTominay in the next instalment of our United Family series.