Scott McTominay believes that he will peak four years after his Manchester United teammates following advice from his father.
The Scotland international progressed through the youth academy at Old Trafford and despite recent speculation surrounding a move to West Ham, he remains a vital part of the first team squad.
McTominay believes that he could continue playing to the age of 40Getty
At the age of 26, McTominay should be closing in on his prime years as a professional footballer, something that isn’t bad for someone who has already racked up more than 200 appearances for the club.
But according to the player, McTominay’s career may be just getting started as he predicts being able to play on until the age of 40.
Speaking to ManUtd.com, McTominay said: “My dad was brilliant because he would always say: ‘Just take your time, son’.
“‘You’re going to grow and you’re going to get bigger,’ because he knows, doesn’t he?
“As a kid, you don’t know that. And you always think: I’m always the latest one. But then, when I did grow, when I was 17 or 18, I was sat next to him and I was above him.
“I was like: ‘What’s going on here? Four years ago, you were saying to me not to worry, and now look.’
“I’d be thinking to myself: I’m bigger than my dad and he’s six-foot two! So it’s crazy in that respect.
“The way I see it now is that I grew maybe four years after everyone else, so my peak years are going to be four years later too.
“So I’m 26 now and my body age is technically like a 22-year-old.
“When I’m 30, I might feel like a 26-year-old. I might retire at 38 or 40!”