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.
“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