Scott McTominay named Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Jose Mourinho and Sir Alex Ferguson as three people who have believed in him throughout his career.
The Manchester United midfielder is coming off the back of another solid season at Old Trafford, as he continues to prove himself a reliable option in Solskjaer’s midfield.
McTominay wasn’t always tipped for the top as a youngster in the United academy, but Mourinho handed him a debut and Solskjaer values his work ethic.
The 24-year-old admitted he will always have his critics, but thanked the influence of mentors like Solskjaer and Mourinho — and legendary ex United boss and fellow Scot Sir Alex.
“Football is all about opinions,” he said. “You have some guys who like you and some guys who do. That is the way it is. You can’t please everybody, and you never will. I just don’t really take too much notice of both sides of it.
“Sir Alex is an icon and somebody who I admire immensely and obviously the same with Jose Mourinho and my current manager Ole. For them guys to be pleased with me is pleasing for myself.”
McTominay also named his national team boss Steve Clarke as a major influence, as he looks to star with Scotland in his first international tournament as a player at this summer’s European Championships. McTominay has played in defence for his country and was key in their qualification for the Euros.
“Both at club and country the coaches have invested so much time in me, helping me to improve,” McTominay added.
“Steve Clarke whenever I have come [with Scotland] he is always so honest and open with me and he expects a lot from me which I enjoy.”