Ex-Man Utd youth coach backs Scott McTominay to become ‘tremendous’

Scott McTominay has the ability and mentality to become a ‘tremendous’ player for Manchester United, according to his former youth coach Neil Ryan.

Ryan recently left United after 19 years as a coach at various youth levels to take on a developmental role with the FA.

He oversaw the development of many of United’s current homegrown players, and in an interview with The Athletic, he was particularly generous in his appraisal of McTominay.

“Scott can be a tremendous player for the club,” Ryan said. “He has taken a hell of a lot on his shoulders, borne the brunt of a lot of criticism, but put him in a successful playing group he’ll hopefully flourish.

“His mentality is second to none. His character is the X Factor for him. He had a lot of injuries as a young boy. He hardly played in the youth team because of injuries. I remember him telling me about leaving training at 17, getting picked up by his dad, crying in car on the way back home. ‘I’m never gonna be a footballer because of my injuries’. He fought through that.

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