Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay has admitted an issue with their famous academy.
The Scotland international is a regular starter under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and a favourite among the fans, but he has a trivial gripe about the club regarding boots.
All players in the youth system have to wear black boots rather than the wide range of colours and styles seen when they reach first-team level in the Premier League.
The 24-year-old has stated that he and his colleagues were not a fan of the rule during his time in the system, but has also admitted that he can understand the reasoning in relation to future success.
In a chat with The Sun, McTominay said: “I probably couldn't tell you one player in the club who likes wearing black boots.
“But it was the rules and something accustomed to every academy player and if someone tried to come out in red boots it's like 'you're no different to any of us so get your black boots back on until you earn the respect and right to wear coloured boots'.
“I didn't like the black boots. But you had to do it. You had to respect the rules.
“There are no big egos, there's no young kids coming in wearing jewellery and looking a bit flash, that's not the case at this club.”
McTominay went on to admit that he thinks it is the finer details that helps those growing up United to become respectful and hard working as adults, and potential future champions.
The midfielder and his colleagues are now aiming for Premier League glory following their Champions League elimination, and they take on strugglers Sheffield United on Thursday.
He told MUTV of their away form: The [away] record’s brilliant.
“As I say, we’ve spoke about it as a group. We can’t keep falling behind in games and as you see in Leipzig, you can just give yourself too much to do.
“That was something we have to forget about quickly.
“That’s the good thing about football, it moves on so quickly, but you can still tell that everyone is wanting to get back to that stage where we need to prove we should be really competing this year. We know that and we’ve had multiple chats as a group.
“We have been playing well and people might think because you go a goal down, you’re not playing well.
“We’ve started some games poorly, but some we’ve started really well and still gone a goal down. Don’t take it as if you go 1-0 down, you’re playing badly. I feel like people jump to that conclusion straightaway.
“As I say, [at] Everton we controlled the whole game, from minute one to minute 90, but people see you’ve gone a goal down so they think you’re playing badly.
“As long as we know as a group what we’re doing well and when we need a kick up the bum, we’re on the right track.”
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