SCOTT MCTOMINAY is ready to shake off the jibes and show that he can be the midfielder that helps Manchester United back to the top.
McTominay bore a lot of the criticism during Manchester United’s worst Premier League campaign last season.
Legendary skipper Roy Keane even said this about him and Fred being in the Red Devils midfield: “As long as those two are playing in midfield for Manchester United, they will not be winning big trophies."
McTominay aims to prove otherwise but accepts that when you are at Old Trafford the spotlight is intense.
He said: “You’re playing for Man United, you’re going to get criticised.
“If you think you’re going to come and play for Man United and you’re not going to get a little bit criticism here and there, then you're in the wrong job because that's just not how it works at this football club.
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“Maybe you need to have a little look in the mirror because that's just part and parcel of the game.
“Everyone gets criticised, that's the world we live in, social media criticism.
“You only see it how much you want see it. That's part and parcel of it as well.”
Indeed the travails of last season still hang heavily over the team despite how much they want to talk about a new start.
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McTominay, 25, said: “It's obviously difficult to speak about that last year.
“Obviously it touched a nerve in terms of when we speak about it again as a group.
“Obviously it's not nice and that's got to be the motivation now to put everything back to normal and obviously go for trophies again under the new boss because I know that this squad is more than capable of doing that.”
The midfielder is convinced that he and the team can do just that and bounce back from last season under new boss Erik ten Hag.
We've had some tough pre-seasons but this is up there with one of the most difficult ones
They have been going through a rigorous pre-season with the Dutchman, one that McTominay ranks as one of the toughest he has endured.
He said: “Obviously we've had some tough pre-seasons but this is up there with one of the most difficult ones.
“It's getting miles in the legs and it's getting everybody accustomed to the volume of work that we're wanting to do.
“Obviously that's probably most important in terms of coming towards the start of the season, that we've got a team that’s fit and flying, and a young team as well may I say.”
It is clear out here in Melbourne on the club’s pre-season tour that the players have been impressed with the former Ajax manager’s approach.
They have looked fit and sharp beating Liverpool 4-0 in their first game in Bangkok followed by a 4-1 win over Melbourne Victory.
McTominay believes they are all learning from a real scholar of the game.
He said: "There's a lot of different ideas and a lot of variations.
The manager’s standards are high so you’ve got to get used to that
“He’s very clear in meetings what he wants us to do and how he wants us to approach the games as well.
“Obviously for us it's important that you take that message on board.
“We've got to come together as a team and obviously show everything that he's been working on the training pitch in the game.
“The manager’s standards are high so you’ve got to get used to that, which is maybe a little bit foreign for some players and obviously they’ve got to make sure that everything that they do on and off the pitch is to the best of their ability.
“Obviously for us as a group we just need to keep pushing and keep learning from the new coach because he’s, how would I say it… the way he reads the game of football and the amount of knowledge he has about a game of football, we can take so much from him.
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“I’m sure it’s going to benefit us in the future.”
A future he feels is bright for United and himself, no matter what a club legend may think.
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