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Scott McTominay reveals what he’s learned from Manchester United great Cristiano Ronaldo

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Scott McTominay and Cristiano Ronaldo might not share many similarities when it comes to their style of play, but the Manchester United academy graduate looks up the Old Trafford great in one way.

The Scottish midfielder has won plenty of praise for his mentality in breaking into the United side under Jose Mourinho and then continuing his impressive progress under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Now he’s revealed that his inspiration when it comes to having an elite mentality is the man who graced Old Trafford for six seasons from 2003 to 2009.

Ronaldo’s desire for improvement and his insatiable appetite for goals have helped make him one of the best players the game has produced and it’s that mentality that McTominay is trying to replicate in his own career.

The 23-year-old believes having the right mentality is the most important aspect of a successful career in the game, and that he has the ideal inspiration in Ronaldo, with McTominay determined not to allow himself to get too comfortable in his own development.

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“You look at Ronaldo and guys like this and their mentality is the top of the top and you don’t get any better than that,” he told the UTD podcast.

“For me, looking up to somebody like that, the physique he’s got, the way that he applies himself.

“I have just seen a picture of him two days ago reading and revising different things that he’s trying to learn in his life off the pitch. People are just far too co

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We spread rumours of Rafael Nadal doping’ because he was too good, says French star

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Gilles Simon believes doping rumours were spread about Rafael Nadal as many were uncomfortable with the idea he could simply be better than Roger Federer.

There were allegations of a connection between Nadal and Eufemiano Fuentes, the doctor who was ultimately jailed for his part in a Spanish cycle doping scandal.

No evidence has ever been produced linking Fuentes to Nadal, though, who has always very successfully denied any rumours to the contrary.

However, Simon believes the rumours only existed to discredit opinions that Nadal could actually be a better tennis players than Federer rather than just a better athlete.

“It is difficult to conceive [for some] that, in terms of game, Rafael Nadal could be better than Roger Federer,” Gilles Simon wrote in his new autobiography This Sport That Makes You Crazy

“We even spread rumours of doping on his account.

“Nadal does not fit into the framework. Moreover, I emphasize here that we never talk about the physique of Federer, who has little to envy that of Nadal.

“That he went five sets at 35 like what he did in Australia in 2017, it’s extraordinary. But no one noted this point.”

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