Images of the midfielder grabbing the teenager’s hat in training and brushing it off of him surfaced on social media, with some fans criticizing McTominay for his treatment of the 18-year-old.
The Scotland international ruled out any such talk, although he would want any of his teammates to be open with him if they had any problems.
“A lot of people were saying that was bullying,” McTominay told The Athletic. “That was just a little joke!
He added: “I’ve never been interested, if things go wrong, and I’m not saying I’ve had that here, but I’ve experienced it during my time in football, as a kid, talking behind people’s backs if I didn’t desire. That’s just a mess.”
“You need players in the group who are forthright, say things to people’s faces, and if they like it they like it, if they don’t get over it next week.
“I feel like we have a really good group for that, especially with the guys that play every week.”
Garnacho was voted Man United’s Player of the Month for November, scoring a last-gasp winner against Fulham in the team’s last game before the World Cup.
The midfielder said of Garnacho: “He needs to have his feet on the ground and keep working hard and he can be a great footballer.” .