Scott McTominay wants Man Utd nickname removed after being compared to club legend | Football | Sport

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Manchester United’s Scott McTominay is eager to shed his ‘Super Sub’ nickname, a title earned due to similarities with club icon Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Just like legendary Solskjaer, McTominay has often left the substitutes bench to deliver late goals, some of which have secured valuable points for Erik ten Hag’s team.

Four of his seven Premier League goals – making him the club’s top scorer – have been scored as a substitute. Scotland’s national team has also benefited from his last-minute winners, though under Steve Clarke he usually starts the match.

Despite being part of Man Utd since he was five and faithfully serving the club through thick and thin, big-name signings have frequently overshadowed him.

But strength and tenacity have helped him grab some shining moments; his most recent at Villa Park last Sunday with another victory-sealing strike after coming off the bench.

Former Man Utd star Rio Ferdinand believes that 27-year-old McTominay, who has attracted interest from other Premier League clubs including West Ham and Newcastle United, has a crucial decision waiting for him at the end of this season.

“I think he’s got a big decision to make at the end of the season,” Ferdinand commented. “Does he want to stay at Manchester United and be somebody that come on and impact games at times or does he go elsewhere and be a main regular player in that team?”

There have certainly been moments of frustration and disappointment for not starting matches, but like Solskjaer who often changed games as a substitute, there have been no public complaints or grumbling about his situation.

After all, if you’re not on United’s A-list, you just have to accept it with a smile. “Whenever the club brings in amazing players like they have done ever since Manchester United was created, you have to prove yourself and show that you deserve a spot in the team.

“It’s not about the other players, we all want the same thing – for the team to be successful. You want to be part of that. As long as I’m ready to play at the weekend, that’s all that matters to me,” he explained. “It’s not about me, me, me.”

The biggest setback for McTominay in recent years was the departure of Jose Mourinho, who he admits, along with his former reserve team coach Warren Joyce, had a huge impact on his career as a Scotland international.

It was Mourinho who insisted that McTominay receive an impromptu award at an end-of-season dinner and quickly came up with the ‘Manager’s Player Of The Season’ category. To everyone’s surprise, he left with a candlestick holder, the only thing they could find.

“He was the one who gave me my chance and saw something in me to have a future in the first team. I owe him a lot and my family love him. He was demanding but I loved that,” he added.

It’s clear that Ten Hag has a soft spot for McTominay, but he doesn’t seem to be a regular starter under his management.


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