With McTominay’s rise in form, we took a look other Lancastrians who have played for United over the years.
Scott McTominay – Lancaster
The man this article is inspired by, who else but McTominay to start with?
Scott was brought into the squad by Jose Mourinho on 7 May 2016/17 against Arsenal.
The central midfielder has since gone onto make 39 appearances for the club and recently has come in for praise for his performance against Paris St Germain in the Champions League.
With McTominay declaring his allegiance for Scotland internationally, he has been likened to former United stalwart Darren Fletcher. who is a big fan of the 22-year-old.
He was since dropped to the bench for the game against Arsenal by Ole Gunner Solskjær who lost his first Premier League game. Was this the McTominay effect?
Phil Jones – Preston
Five managers, eight years and 209 appearances later and Phil Jones is still at United.
Jones has occasionally come into criticism for mistakes, including in the FA Cup Final last year, but has always had the backing of United’s managers.
United spent £16.5m to bring the then 19-year-old centre-back to Old Trafford with Ferguson apparently impressed by his leadership skills at the time.
Jones was a Preston born boy and has gone from playing for junior side Ribble Wanderers to making 27 appearances for England.
Sam Johnstone – Preston
Born in Preston, made in Preston.
His father Glenn made 10 appearances for the Lilywhites and Sam bettered that total with 29 on loan from Manchester United and it was at Deepdale where he showed his true quality.
Johnstone started his career at United and went out on loan nine times to seven different clubs.
Louis Van Gaal saw Johnstone as a future number two for United and even recalled him from his loan to Preston in 2016 to be back up, but he never managed a first team appearance for the Red Devils.
He left permanently at the start of the 2018/2019 season to join West Brom and has since been helping them in their quest to get back to the Premier League.
David May- Oldham
May joined United in 1994 as a centre back but played the majority of his first season as a right back after injury to Paul Parker.
The emergence of Gary Neville then meant that he was largely unused in his second season as a United player.
He started the 1996 FA Cup final win against Liverpool and then made 40 appearances in the 1996/97 season after the departure of Steve Bruce.
The now 48-year-old was sporadically used in United’s treble winning season but still managed to write himself in United’s history with a few brief appearances towards the end of the season.
May eventually left for Burnley on a free in 2003.
Joe Riley – Blackpool
Played two, won two. Manchester United legend.
Jokes aside, Riley played just 135 minutes for United under Louis Van Gaal. 45 minutes coming in a 3-0 win over Shrewsbury and 90 in a 5-1 rout of FC
The right back came in to replace Chris Smalling after injury but then failed to make another appearance for United.
Riley left at the start of the season to join Bradford City and has so far made eight appearances this season.
Danny Rowe – Blackpool
Rowe was signed by United from Preston North End as an 11-year-old and left at 16 after becoming “tired” of life at Old Trafford.
A former team mate of Jamie Vardy, Rowe has become a non-league legend at Fylde.
He is currently top scorer in the National League this season with 23 goals and has turned down moves to Tranmere and Cheltenham, among others, due to his love for AFC Fylde.
The 29-year-old is Fylde’s all time record goal scorer with 155 goals for The Coasters.