Scott McTominay.

United Briefing: Sir Alex's praise for Scott

Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay has received some great words of encouragement from the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson.

The hard-working midfielder was signed during Sir Alex's tenure at the age of seven and the Academy graduate has become one of the mainstays in the team under current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. McTominay has racked up 43 appearances and scored seven goals, so far in this campaign.

In an interview with the BBC, Sir Alex compared our no. 39 to former United Scots Darren Fletcher and Brian McClair.

“We've been blessed,” he told the BBC Sport website.

“I signed him when he was seven or eight years of age. McTominay is of a similar type to Darren. A bit long, lanky, a good winner of the ball, a good turn of pace going forward, a great attitude to the game.”

Our former manager, who won an unprecedented 38 trophies during 26-and-a half years at Old Trafford, is proud to see another Scotland international making his mark at the Theatre of Dreams.

“It's really rewarding for me to see a Scot coming through. Darren was one. McClair was a great Scot for us, a fantastic player,” Fergie said. 

“We've been blessed with great Scots right through going back to the King, Denis Law. It makes you proud.”

WHAT’S HAPPENING TODAY? 

Ole will address the media in his pre-match press conference before our first league trip back to Leeds and Elland Road in 18 years. We got you covered with all the latest from the manager on ManUtd.com and in the Official App. You can follow the press conference on MUTV from 13:30 BST. 

We expect to find out the latest team news from both camps ahead of the big game.

At 19:00 BST, our Under-23s are at home to Chelsea in Premier League 2, with the action live on MUTV.

WHAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY?

The early team news was published ahead of the Premier League clash with Leeds. 

We released an article and video looking at Paul Pogba’s debut against the Yorkshire outfit in 2011, our most recent trip to Elland Road.

The Frenchman is set to make his 200th senior United appearance at the ground where he made his first, so we summarised our Academy graduates’ appearance statistics.

Meanwhile, David May, Ben Thornley, Wes Brown and Danny Webber previewed the battle between the Reds and the Whites in the latest MUTV Group Chat.

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