McFadden predicts Man Utd whizkid McTominay becoming Scotland great

Sean Reid
March 6, 2018

McTominay's manager, however, believes that he should concentrate on his Old Trafford career and claimed to have no knowledge of England and Scotland's tussle for the player.

"He was born in England and sounds like he's English so I'm not sure how having a Scottish father is a stronger reason than where you are from".

"He has now played already, I don't know, seven or eight 90 minutes - he's not played five or ten minutes - in every competition".

"Maybe Man United and Fergie [Sir Alex Ferguson] have influenced him?"

You can always rely on Barton for a controversial reaction to a football story; however, there might be England fans out there nodding along with the former Manchester City and Newcastle United star. He's a great guy, and he gets the best out of players.

With Scotland requiring something of a shake-up following a disappointing conclusion to Gordan Strachan's reign, McLeish is clearly attempting to inject the squad with some young prospects.

While the choice will represent a practical one given the number of competitors McTominay would have been faced with had he opted for England, given the recent performances of young Scots like Kieran Tierney at Celtic, Andrew Robertson at Liverpool, Ryan Fraser at Bournemouth and Jason Cummings at Rangers, there certainly is potential for improvement.

I know you don't really sign players for the global team but England were interested in him, and it's fantastic he's chosen to play for Scotland.

"I've spoken to (United's Under-23s coach) Ricky Sbragia and Nicky Butt (now head of United's youth academy) and the biggest thing is his work-rate and how much the manager thinks he can trust him".

Scotland have not qualified for a major global tournament since the 1998 World Cup, while England have reached every event since, except Euro 2008.

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