MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – MARCH 08: Scott McTominay of Manchester United celebrates after he scores his sides second goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford on March 08, 2020 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Manchester United star Scott McTominay has confirmed he rejected the chance to leave the club on loan in the early weeks of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tenure.

McTominay had become a regular under Jose Mourinho but he struggled for game time following Solskjaer’s arrival as the Norwegian opted for Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic behind Paul Pogba.

United’s squad was a mix-match of the club’s previous three managers and Solskjaer wanted consistency in the middle of the park.

Celtic were the main interested party in McTominay in January 2019 and with a wealth of other options in midfield, the Scot considered a move to Glasgow.

Celtic were keen on signing McTominay (Picture: Getty)

However, he’s revealed that Marouane Fellaini’s departure convinced him to stay and that he’s glad as a first-team regular now that he stuck it out.

About a year-and-a-half ago, there was a time when it might have been a possibility but then somebody else leaves or something like that’ said McTominay.

And then your opportunity comes and you have to take it.

You hear loads of stories about boys going on loan, and different things like that, and I always had it in my head that I don’t want that. I want to be showing myself here first and, if it doesn’t work here, then you go somewhere else.

‘For me, you hear the stories about getting the life of luxury at Manchester United and people take that for granted; like the food in the canteen, your kit being laid out for you every morning.

‘People just expect that and you have to always remember where you came from, in that respect, and always appreciate what people do for you. I feel like that is the culture that is brought through for us.’

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