Barton aims dig at United man for trying to 'get summers off'

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Although the player himself was born in England and has spent all his life there, his dad, Frank, ...

And the Manchester United manager had some special advice for the 21-year-old ahead of Monday's game.

ALEX MCLEISH has won his first battle with England after landing the services of Scott McTominay, according to reports.

Scotland could now call McTominay up for the senior friendlies against Costa Rica and Hungary this month.

"The majority of my family is Scottish", he told United's club website.

"I'm surprised at that, but at the same time, if he feels Scottish, I've heard a few little snippets of him saying he'd been brought up and felt Scottish, so that's got the pull for him".

"I had this situation with two or three players, discussing the opportunity that they might be able to come and play for Scotland".

"I've spoken to (United's Under-23s coach) Ricky Sbragia and Nicky Butt (now head of United's youth academy) and the biggest thing is his work-rate and how much the manager thinks he can trust him". That's a tough question!

England had attempted to beat Scotland to McTominay, and sources said the English FA was considering calling him up for next month's under-21 internationals against Romania and Ukraine.

Former Scotland worldwide James McFadden believes the news is like making a major signing.

Gareth Southgate was also expected to have talks with the central midfielder, who has made 15 appearances for the Red Devils this season, but McTominay did not meet the England manager.

"Trying to fight to have minutes with Manchester United, which is not easy, and then national team will be just a effect of his work at the club".

The youngster's emergence as a first team player left many fans wondering whether he would play for England or Scotland given his eligibility to both. He's probably realised the weight of playing for England and working every summer, he doesn't want that.

"I'm sure he would have met with Alex and straight away got to see what kind of guy he is". "I can't confirm because I have no information about that and my advice to him is not about national teams, is not about that. He's a great guy, and he gets the best out of players".

Fletcher left United in 2015, when McTominay was still emerging, but he has been encouraged by what he has heard from United players and coaches.