Manchester United will return to the United States for their pre-season preparations this summer, with fixtures with AC Milan, Real Madrid and Liverpool scheduled prior to the start of next season’s Premier League. And Scotland international and United midfielder Scott McTominay is relishing the prospect of returning to the country as a way of preparing for the upcoming campaign.
Speaking to Manutd.com, McTominay said: “We’re going back to the States this year and it’s a great chance for more young players to come and show the manager what you can do.
“To be selected for the tour was a really good achievement for me and I was involved in some great games. I came on against Real Madrid – to play against them was incredible for me.
“I got my first senior goal for the club against Valerenga last summer and that was such a proud moment and it just makes you want more.”
McTominay became a regular fixture under Jose Mourinho last season, an experience that the young midfielder clearly relished:
“Through the last year I have tried to pass on some of the things I’ve learnt to the younger lads. When players like Angel [Gomes] and others come up into the first-team squad, you have to help them and explain things to them. You try to pass on your knowledge, just like senior players such as Michael Carrick have done with me.”
This tour is certainly an opportunity for the younger members of this United squad to excel. Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic, Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba, Fred and David de Gea will likely be absent given their World Cup commitments, so the likes of Andreas Pereira, Gomes, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Axel Tuanzebe could earn some valuable minutes during these upcoming games and impress Jose Mourinho at the same time.