What Scott McTominay Looked Like In 2015 Is Simply Mindblowing
Scott McTominay's physical transformation in the last five years has been simply astonishing.
The Scotland international has become a hugely important player for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Manchester United, scoring twice in the first three minutes of a thrilling 6-2 win over rivals Leeds United at Old Trafford on Sunday.
McTominay has worked incredibly hard to make the grade at United and his performances are all the more impressive when you hark back to where he was at in 2015.
At the beginning of 2015, an 18-year-old McTominay was only 5ft 6ins.
It's well documented that a number of players get released from academies due to their size and United's youth-team coaches did have some doubts about him.
But then a quite remarkable growth spurt happened for McTominay and in a year, he had developed extraordinarily to the point he stood at 6ft 4 ins.
The biggest story of the day is that this Mctominay lad went from 5"6 to 6"4 in a year! Fuck me, that's what you call a growth spurt! #MUFC- Mark (@Mark_Hus) May 7, 2017
In an interview with Manchester United's official website, the 24-year-old explained his incredible transformation in such a short space of time.
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"It's just more of the fact that my body was not ready at all. Warren and Paul McGuinness were really good with me at that time, nurturing me and putting me in and out of training sessions while not giving me so much game time." McTominay said.
"I'm at the height I am now and I want to keep going this season and get as much game time as I possibly can. I always knew I was going to be quite tall but maybe not that tall.
"I think when I was 13 or 14, if I was at another club who weren't as patient with me as I was smaller and not playing games, I think they might have thought: 'We'll just get rid of him'. I couldn't fault United when I was growing up and how they treated me. How it's panned out has obviously been really good."
His overall game has improved massively ever since he broke through to the first-team under Jose Mourinho and won the Portuguese's inaugural 'Manager's Player of the Year' award.
After his masterclass yesterday, United legend Gary Neville paid him a huge compliment when he compared McTominay to both Roy Keane and Paul Scholes.
"McTominay's turned into Paul Scholes and Roy Keane inside three minutes," Neville said on co-commentary for Sky Sports.
"He's driving forward, I'm not sure whether that's in the tactics or if he just fancied it, but he's gone and Martial comes inside, sees him running and he's off. His first touch is brilliant, his second is sublime.
"We thought United would counter-attack and attack quickly, but we didn't think that the holding midfielder would be on the end of it. What a start."
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