What Licha said to Scott after his World Cup win
Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay shone a light on the elite mentality within the Reds squad, and in particular the will to win of Argentina defender Lisandro Martinez, during Tuesday’s fans’ conference at Carrington.
The Academy graduate took questions from United supporters at our training base, ahead of the resumption of the domestic season, with Erik ten Hag’s side taking on Burnley in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night.
It was a great opportunity for some of the club’s loyal fans - of all ages, from young to old - to take a look behind the scenes and get to interact with a first-team player, with prizes also on offer for some.
Towards the end of the meeting, United fan Dave Roylance asked: What do you want to achieve in the next five years and what would success look like to you?
With Scott turning 26 earlier this month, he touched upon how he felt he was entering the peak years of his career and the sense that something was building under Ten Hag.
McTominay believes silverware is a real possibility this season and that’s a feeling shared by Martinez, who has of course just won the biggest prize of all with Argentina – the World Cup.
The centre-back is still hungry to achieve more when he does return to Manchester, as Scott explained when replying to Dave's poser:
“It’s a good question. I feel like the prime years in football are – it depends on how you look after yourself – but from 26 to 32, in my opinion anyway.
“I feel like the game’s going that way with the longevity and stuff like that. Success will always be winning trophies and that’s the most important thing at this football club.
“With the manager that we’ve got now, we’ve got a really good opportunity to start that journey, especially this year.
“We’ve got a really good chance to implement ourselves and really start pushing. I feel like this is the year where we can go for it and that’s firmly reiterated by all the coaches in the squad. They firmly believe that.
“I messaged Lisandro the other day and said congratulations and he said: ‘We go for the next one’.
“He’s just won a World Cup, so that shows the mentality that is in the group.”