Scott McTominay has revealed he had an angry on-pitch argument with Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar, admitting there were “words that your mum or dad might not like to hear”.
The combative Manchester United midfielder was a regular under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last year, living up to the hype that has surrounded him since Jose Mourinho’s time in charge..
McTominay was handed a hastily created ‘Manager’s Player of the Year Award’ in 2018, with Mourinho desperate to honour the academy graduate.
Three years later, the Scotland international is a mainstay in the United side and widely regarded as an important cog in their engine room.
In United’s Champions League campaign, McTominay played in all but one of their games, as they crashed out in the group stages.
He started and finished the win over PSG in France, before also being named in the XI for the return leg at Old Trafford.
That night didn’t go to plan as a Neymar brace handed the Parisians a 3-1 victory.
McTominay tried his best to contain the Brazilian and was involved in a spat after the two came together.
The United midfielder claimed that Neymar “lost his head” in the incident, but suggested there is no lingering bad blood.
“I do quite like verbal sparring with opponents,” he said in his column for the Athletic . “I had a run-in with Neymar when Paris Saint-Germain came to Old Trafford last season. He ended up grabbing me.
“You could see his head was gone for a moment in the way he was so aggressive.
“There was a lot of talking going on — words that your mum or dad might not like to hear.
“But that is part of the enjoyment of football, of competition. He’s trying to beat me, and I’m trying to stop him.”
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And McTominay is no stranger to playing against or with strong personalities, pointing to Bruno Fernandes’ massive influence at the club since his arrival.
Fernandes has enjoyed a stellar first 18-months as a Red Devil and his midfield colleague believes much of the team’s improvement can be laid at his feet.
“Bruno is Bruno, he can say what he wants. He is a top personality,” McTominay continued. “A lot of the things we’ve been doing well at United, he’s been firmly at the heart of them.
“Big credit to him. As soon as he walked through the door he was practising hard, doing everything to the best of his abilities.
“He revels in that competitive edge. You can tackle him hard, you can talk back to him, and he still loves you.
“He never holds back with anything and that’s the sign of a true Manchester United player.”