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McTominay says Messi mistakenly blamed him for Smalling elbowing

Thu 01 April 2021 | 22:30

Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay has revealed how he managed to get Lionel Messi’s shirt after their Champions League game against Barcelona in 2019.

Scott McTominay


Lionel Messi

blamed him for receiving an elbow to his face during their game in the Champions League.

The Argentine striker was in a collision with Red Devils defender

Chris Smalling

, ending with the Barca captain receiving an elbow to the face.

After the match, McTominay wanted to get Messi's shirt, but first, he needed goalkeeper

Sergio Romero

to convince


star that it wasn't the Scot who caused the damage.

Asked who he thinks the best player in the world is, McTominay told


: "Messi, 100 percent. Yeah, Messi, Messi. I got his shirt, you know?

"So, whenever we played against him for Barcelona [in 2019], Chris Smalling elbowed him and he's got blood coming out of his nose. And he thought it was me.

"Because I said to Sergio Romero: 'Please can you ask Messi to get his shirt?'.


Sergio comes back in and said

: 'Oh, he thinks you were the one who elbowed him on the halfway line'.

I said

: 'No, no, no, no - tell him it wasn't me, so make sure I get that shirt because that's going in my bedroom'. So he knows it wasn't me now.

"Sorry Chrissy, but he was the one who roughed him up a bit."

source: SportMob