One of Manchester United‘s best players in their season up till now, Scott McTominay has given a sneak-peek into his days at the club’s famed academy and has revealed the one rule made by the Red Devils that he did not like in those days.
On Sunday, United will definitely field at least one youth academy product in their side for the 4000th match in a row with McTominay to be one of many in the starting line up against Everton.
And while speaking in an interview with The Sun, McTominay revisited his youth academy days, speaking about the one rule he absolutely hated as he said, “I probably couldn’t tell you one player in the club who likes wearing black boots.”
He continued, “But it was the rules and something accustomed to every academy player and if someone tried to come out in red boots it’s like ‘you’re no different to any of us so get your black boots back on until you earn the respect and right to wear coloured boots’.”
Revealing what he felt about the rule, McTominay said, “I didn’t like the black boots. But you had to do it. You had to respect the rules. There are no big egos, there’s no young kids coming in wearing jewellery and looking a bit flash, that’s not the case at this club.”
Finally, talking about how these little things makes United’s academy setup special, McTominay said, “You don’t realise at the time how much little things like that at the time are going to help you. You think ‘this is rubbish’ and ‘what’s going on?’ but then you get older, you look back and you think all of those little things have stood you in so much good stead.”
The Scottish midfielder concluded, “Now I look back and, being one of the older academy players now, those standards have been passed through, so everybody has the idea of what a Manchester United player should look and be like, the DNA that comes with wearing that badge.”