Manchester United's Scott McTominay speaks to us ahead of Emirates FA Cup semi-final

After breaking into Jose Mourinho's team this term, it's been a breakthrough season for Scott McTominay and he's hoping to end it with victory in the Emirates FA Cup. The Scotland midfielder sat down with to discuss his campaign and ambitions

Thursday 19 Apr 2018
Manchester United's Scott McTominay has really announced himself on the Old Trafford stage this season

It’s been a whirlwind emergence for you this season, but which highlights have stuck in your memory?

The big games that I’ve played in. The Champions League knockout stages [against Sevilla] – the first leg was probably the biggest match I’ve ever played in, and obviously you want more and more of that in the future. The big Premier League games against Chelsea and Liverpool were big days for us in front of our home fans and we gave them something to be happy about. It was the same recently when we won at Manchester City. We want the fans to be pleased with what they see and hopefully we can keep pushing forwards and go for a lot of trophies next season.

Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur
  • The Emirates FA Cup
  • Semi-Final
  • 5.15pm, Saturday 21 April 2018
  • Wembley Stadium connected by EE
  • Live on BBC One

You’ve played in some huge games, which must have felt incredible…

You’ve been brought up playing for Manchester United, so you feel like that anyway, whether it’s playing for the U10s when you’re a little kid – which is the best thing in the world – or whether it’s playing in the first team. You feel incredible every time you play for the club. After those big first-team games you feel like ‘I can play against anybody’ and I want to play against the best. You want to play against the best teams week in, week out.

Were you at Wembley when Jesse Lingard won it for United in 2016?

I was. I was in with the United fans, with some of my friends and it was just an incredible day. This Academy kid just wins the Cup. Incredible. It’s a day I’ll never forget and certainly Jesse won’t forget it!

McTominay in action against Brighton & Hove Albion in the fifth round tie at Old Trafflord


How would you assess United’s Emirates FA Cup campaign so far this season?

It’s not been easy. We’ve had a good game against Yeovil, which was difficult in the first period of the game to get going, though it was a comfortable win in the end. Derby County took us all the way at Old Trafford, and after that Huddersfield and Brighton were two tough teams to play against. Two compact teams with quite good squads, so we had to go strong in those games to come through them.

It’s a step up in the semi-final against a strong Tottenham Hotspur team…

That’s the FA Cup for you. The higher up the competition you go, the harder the teams get, and you just want to go, give it everything and see where you can go. We’re looking forward to Spurs now and hopefully we can go forward, attack them and do as well as we can. They’re obviously a strong team, which we’ve seen throughout the two games we played against them this season in the Premier League, but we know that we can beat them. They’ve got some really good players, we know that, but we’ll be ready to go with everything.

You can read the full interview with Scott in the match programme for Saturday's semi-final with Spurs, along with exclusives features with Juan Mata, Ander Herrera and Chris Smalling. Pick up a copy at Wembley on the day, or you can order your copy online now.

Jose Mourinho has been impressed with the Lancaster-born midfielder's emergence this season


By FA Staff