Early in his career, Manchester United star Scott McTominay turned down a potential loan to Celtic and has ex-teammate Marouane Fellaini to thank for giving him an opportunity to fight for his spot when manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer arrived.
“About a year and half ago there was a time where [a loan move] might have been a possibility and then somebody leaves or something like that, and then your opportunity comes and you have to take it,” McTominay told The Manchester United Podcast.
“You hear loads of stories about boys going on loan and different things like that and I always had it in my head that I don’t want that. I want to be showing myself here first and if it doesn’t work here then you go somewhere else.”
Then, Fellaini moved to Shandong Luneng and that gave McTominay the opportunity he needed for more playing time and he jumped on the chance.
Before the season was halted, McTominay was closing in on his 100th career start for United but has stayed grounded in the journey.
“You hear the stories about getting the life of luxury at Manchester United and people take that for granted, like the food in the canteen, your kit being laid out for you every morning,” McTominay added.
“People just expect that and you have to always remember where you come from in that respect and always appreciate what people do for you. I feel like that is culture that is brought through for us.”