SCOTT MCTOMINAY is backing himself at Manchester United — despite the club's interest in high-profile midfield replacements.
The Old Trafford midfielder, 22, had a breakthrough season last term, looking composed and competent in big games, when others did not.
But the Scotland international is adamant that despite the club wanting to sign other midfielders, he is not going to lose his place.
United have been heavily linked with a £70million move for goalscoring Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes.
McTominay said: "Regardless of what other signings come in or who plays where, you have to back yourself to be a Man United player.
"That's one thing that I've done over the last two years, I've always backed myself.
"I've tried to train hard and I've always wanted to do extra things to try and give me that one percent difference."
McTominay made 22 appearances last season but was superb in United's second leg against Paris Saint-Germain and impressed Barcelona despite their 4-0 aggregate defeat.
He impressed Jose Mourinho with his professionalism and work ethic — and the same is true of his replacement Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Last year I had some decent performances and it's important that I carry on from that.Scott McTominay
Now the challenge is for United to get closer to City and Liverpool in the Premier League race after being 32 points off the champions last term.
He said:"It's my ambition to be a regular No 6, No 8, a box-to-box player — that's my main ambition.
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"That's always been my goal. It's important that I really go for that now.
"Obviously there is an opportunity there and you've got to take it with both hands.
"Last year I had some decent performances and it's important that I carry on from that."