Despite his high reputation, he is only 22 years old and has played fewer than 70 senior football games in his life so far. But Scott McTominay was no stranger to his embryonic career. On the contrary.

The Manchester United and Scotland midfielders faced a number of significant challenges over the years. The 6ft 4in player has taken the considerable difficulties he has had with both the club and the country in recent weeks, with his considerable step.

McTomay, hoping to return to national team tonight in the Euro 2020 qualifier against San Marino after missing the 4-0 defeat by Russia in Moscow on Thursday night, has no self-confidence and plenty of confidence spiritual strength.

The Lancaster-born player, who spent a season on the sidelines as a teenager due to a sudden spurt of adolescent growth and a series of debilitating injuries, is likely to be affected by the poor performances and disappointing defeats both United and Scotland have suffered in recent weeks as well as the effects on it.

From his personal experience, however, he appreciates that the way to get through dark periods and silence the critics is simply to perform well and win matches. He is confident that he can do both and help to improve the mood in both Old Trafford and Hampden. He has done that before.

"There's pressure, no matter in which league or level you play," he said. "It depends on how you handle it. You have to deal with the pressure positively. You can not pay too much attention to what is said elsewhere. We have to concentrate on the pitch and I think about that.

"People on TV always have an opinion, you have to take them with a pinch of salt. The manager and your own players are important. You have to hold your head up, because as soon as the head sinks, it will be twice as hard.

"It's not just sunshine and rainbows; if you go through a bad time, you have to accept that and look ahead, and that's what we're trying to do in the camp."

McTomay added, "Nobody has instilled that into me yet. It has always been a way of life. When I was 18, I did not play too many games, I was always injured. I had abdominal pain, such things, so I had the experience of real lows of football.

"In the future, you can always look back on that moment and think it was bad back then, but now you're playing for Manchester United and Scotland, so you have to be grateful for the chances you've got.

"I feel that of course mental strength comes from the experiences I have made, and I hope to be able to pass them on to teammates at club level and hopefully also on an international level.

"I've never been down before, you know, I've always been mentally positive about my family and I've always pushed myself to keep going, hard work always catching up with the perfect timing, I've seen that with different events at club level and internationally I hope it goes on like this. "

McTominay, who qualifies for Scotland because his father is from Helensburgh, is grateful for the constant support he has received from his family over the last few days and hopes that he can cheer them on this evening.

"They'll be there tomorrow night, they're always here," he said. "My mother, my father, my sister and a family from Scotland will be there too. Wherever I go, they go, which is always beautiful.

"You want to do well in front of your family. The sacrifices they have brought me in the past 15 years have been incredible. I would not sit in this chair now if it was not for my family. "

McTominay, who made bookings in both Group I games against Belgium, did not travel to Russia this week. He admitted that he had watched his teammates collapse in their second 4-0 defeat at the Luzhniki Stadium without providing pleasant spectators. But he has no doubt that they too are strong characters who can recover from the experience.

"Sure, otherwise they would not do so well in their clubs," he said. "This is the international stage and we have to have more of it. Confidence, not arrogance, you have to be prepared to go out and do justice to yourself, and if everyone does that then the team will.

"We have to press this reset button and get to the point where we have a happy, positive camp. Even if you come in today and complete a good training session, the atmosphere improves. Then you never know what can happen.

"We all have enough experience to realize that you have to work your way through each and every phase of your life. This was discussed with the players and the management and is something we want to improve.

"You can not say exactly what the cause was on the night you were not there yet, and I'm looking forward to returning and putting my stamp on it."

McTomay may be a regular starter for one of the biggest clubs in the world, but he has a lot of competition for places in the central midfield of the Scottish squad. John Fleck, the Sheffield United player who made his debut in Russia, is another player who is now fighting for a start in his position. But he believes that he has a lot to offer his manager Steve Clarke and a variety of roles for the national team can take over.

"I'm very versatile, no matter if I'm No.6 and a Pivot or No.8 going from box to box and scoring goals," he said. "It's a healthy headache for the manager to struggle with the midfield options we have in the squad." That can only benefit us in the more important games. Whichever team the manager chooses, you have to be ready to enter. "

The Anglo Scot has become accustomed to performing in some of the biggest arenas of the game at home and abroad in large crowds since he established himself as a Manchester United player. Therefore, it will be an unusual experience for him to play San Marino in a stadium that is only about a fifth full tonight. But the view does not bother him.

"I did not really think about it," he said. "The fans are unbelievable when they show up, the support is incredible, we just ask them to stay behind in good and bad moments.

"It's up to us to try and win more fans, hopefully we all get together, it's sometimes difficult, but we're hoping for some worthwhile moments in March."

McTominay is fully focused on ensuring that Scotland can end their losing streak in four defeats and move into the play-offs of Euro 2020 in good form next year.

"The manager has told us that our goals lie ahead," he said. "We have to forget the last four games, although it was difficult and we did not get good results." The goal is to do well in the next three games and become third in the group. That is vital.

"From March we want to have a positive mood and a positive mood in the group. There is everything to look forward to. We must be disappointed with the results beforehand, but when you're in camps, there's always the next football game to look forward to.

"That's so important. You can forget bad results. It's an industry where you can quickly forget about bad results and deviate from them. We have the quality. "