Scott McTominay of Manchester United says he and his teammates in Scotland national team have been told to be more arrogant and confident in their approach to games.
The young Scottish side is vying to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup and they started their qualification process on Thursday, March 25, 2021, with a 2-2 draw with Austria.
Scotland almost lost the game 2-1 before John McGinn scored the equaliser through an overhead kick which gave Scotland a point in the 85th minute of the game.
The draw helped Scotland to occupy the 3rd spot on Group F of the FIFA World Cup qualification with just a point behind Austria and Denmark. They are expected to continue their quest to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup on 28 March against Israel. The match is scheduled to kick-off at 19:45.
In an interview after the FIFA World Cup qualification game, Scott McTominay claimed that Scotland have good players that can face any team and dominant in games. The 24-year-old center-midfielder who won the man of the match award in the game against Austria told Sky Sports that Scotland players are not worried about the team they play against.
“That’s been reiterated by the players and management, just having that self-confidence and arrogance in the way that we approach games, knowing that we have got very good players who play at the highest level and can go on and dominate sides as well,” McTominay said.
“For us that has to be the benchmark, the minimum we go into matches, knowing that whoever we play we are not worried so the confidence around all the players, we can go and do it.”
Scott McTominay is known at Manchester United as a midfielder. He is always used at the club as a center-midfielder and has been playing that role since he was promoted to Manchester United senior team on July 1, 2017.
However, the 24-year-old Scotland international is sometimes used as a defender in his national team especially in the 2-2 draw against Austria on Thursday. The versatile footballer said his role in any team is determined by the manager in charge of the team.
“It’s like normality, being back in midfield but wherever the manager wants me to play, I’m happy to do so,” Scott McTominay said.
“That’s genuine if he said ‘I want you to play here, I want you to play there, I wouldn’t question him [Clarke], I would just do it because that’s what we need, everybody to be pushing in the right direction.
“You saw that with the Euros [qualification] and it’s a really good thing.”
Scott McTominay made his debut for Scotland national team on March 23, 2018. He has made 20 international appearances so far in his football career.
While he has made 39 appearances in all competitions for Manchester United so far this season in which he scored 7 goals and provided one assist.