‘It struck a chord’: Scott McTominay admits the Man United stars must take their share of the blame for their slump last season as he insists they shouldn’t shy away from criticism as this Club is “an integral part”.
- Manchester United endured another miserable season last season
- They finished sixth in the Premier League and again failed to win any trophies
- Scott McTominay has admitted players must take some of the blame
- He also said that being criticized was “an integral part” of playing for the Red Devils
Scott McTominay admits Manchester UnitedThe club’s stars must accept their share of the blame for the club’s slump last season which ‘touched a nerve’ in the squad.
McTominay accepts the players shouldn’t escape criticism for United’s worst season of the Premier League era as they try to bounce back under the new manager Eric ten Hag.
Scott McTominay says Manchester United stars must accept blame for last season’s slump
The Red Devils finished sixth in the Premier League and once again failed to win a title
“You play for Man United, you will be criticized,” said McTominay.
“If you think you’re going to come and play for Man United and not get a bit of criticism here and there then you’ve got the wrong job because that’s just not how football works at this club.
“Maybe you need to look in the mirror a little bit, because that’s just part of the game. Everyone gets criticized, this is the world we live in. Social Media Criticism: You only see it as much as you want to see it. That is also part of it.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked last year after his side crashed down the league table
Ralf Rangnick, who was hired as his interim coach, also failed to rejuvenate the fighters
“It’s obviously difficult to talk about that last season. It struck a chord when we as a group talk about it again.
“It’s not nice and that has to be the motivation to get things back on track now and fight for trophies again under the new boss because I know this team is more than capable of that.”
McTominay was speaking at the MCG, where United beat Melbourne Victory 4-1 on Friday to record back-to-back victories on the tour after Liverpool’s 4-0 demolition in Bangkok.
But United have started their new era under Erik ten Hag and have notched up two pre-season victories
Ten Hag lives up to its reputation as a tough disciplinarian, but players believe in its philosophy and so far it’s paying off.
McTominay added: “The manager’s standards are high so you have to get used to it, which might be a bit foreign for some players. They need to make sure everything they do on and off the pitch is done to the best of their ability.
“He makes it very clear in meetings what he wants from us and how he wants us to approach the games as well. It is of course important for us that you absorb this message.
McTominay admitted Ten Hag’s standards are “so high” and said his demands on the style were clear
“The way he reads the football game and how much knowledge he has about a football game, we can take so much from him.
“We’ve had some difficult pre-seasons, but this is one of the most difficult. But it’s accumulation, it’s going to be miles in the legs, and it’s acclimating everyone to the volume of work we’re trying to get done.
“That’s probably the most important thing for the start of the season that we have a side that’s fit and flying, and also a young side, if I may say so.”