Tuesday, 2 February 2021

How I got the captain armband versus Watford - McTominay

How I got the captain armband versus Watford - McTominay

Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay has revealed how he got the chance to captain the club in the FA Cup clash versus Watford.

McTominay pulled a wonderful performance in the game and also got the goal that booked United a spot in the next round on one of the biggest nights of his career so far.

Asked on United Review how the armband was handed to him for the game, McTominay revealed what United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer did before the game.

“He didn’t really say much. He just said ‘captain tomorrow’ and looked at me. I just smiled; I didn’t want to let off too much emotion but I was so, so pleased,' McTominay said

“For the manager, I presume every decision he makes with me and other players is a test. It’s not just ‘oh I’ll give him the captaincy for no reason’, it’s a test. Everything in life is a test and you have to pass those tests.

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“It’s important to really show people that you can be an example at this football club and not let things go to your head.

“With something like the captaincy, it would be easy to then start doing things differently and shouting and screaming and not playing how you normally would, but that doesn’t make any difference to me.

“Whenever I’m on the pitch with H [Harry Maguire] I feel like there are 11 captains on the pitch who need to be vocal and leaders as well.”

McTominay also spoke about how he is doing his best to become a better player each day.

“I think every game is a chance to improve. Every game at this football club is hugely scrutinised in every detail,” he added.

“For me, it’s about doing my best every time I play and wanting to improve all the time and working with the manager and the coaches.

“That’s about it for me, I don’t really dive too much into form and different things like that. If the team is winning and you’re consistently playing to the best of your ability and you’re always looking to improve, then that’s a good season for me in terms of numbers and statistics.

“I find people get too caught up in ‘oh he made this many tackles, or he made this many interceptions'. As a player, you know when you’re playing well and you know when other people are playing well.
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“That ‘eye’ test is the best form of judging football players and just forgetting statistics.

“I can’t remember many games when there hasn’t been 11 players who haven’t played well and it’s about improving on that.”

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