Scott McTominay is determined to make himself a Manchester United regular next season despite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s attempts to sign a new midfielder.
“Regardless of what other signings come in or who plays where, you have to back yourself to be a Man United player,” he said.
“That’s one thing that I’ve done over the last two years, I’ve always backed myself. I’ve tried to train hard and I’ve always wanted to do extra things to try and give me that one percent difference.”
Despite Solskjaer’s interest in adding another midfielder to his squad, time is running out with under three weeks to go before the transfer deadline.
The pair combined to make 49 appearances for United last season and McTominay admits the shake-up of the squad has presented him with an opportunity.
“It’s my ambition to be a regular No. 6, No. 8, a box-to-box player — that’s my main ambition,” he said.
“That’s always been my goal. It’s important that I really go for that now.
“Obviously there is an opportunity there and you’ve got to take it with both hands.
“Last year I had some decent performances and it’s important that I carry on from that.”
McTominay, 22, has been associated with the club since the age of five when he attended a development centre in Preston.
He is closing in on 50 first team appearances after making his senior debut under Jose Mourinho in 2017 but the Scotland international insists the aim isn’t just to play games — it’s to help United start challenging for the Premier League title.
“That’s the desire from kitchen ladies at Carrington, to the kit men, to the physios to the players and all of the staff and the manager,” he said.
“That’s the sole aim of the football club, to get it back to where we want to be. That’s the top of the league and it’s important we get there.”