Scott McTominay coming of age for Manchester United this season

After making his debut against Arsenal last season, Scott McTominay has made real strides this term, the latest coming in his masterful display against Huddersfield last time out. Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho was even quoted as calling the 21-year-olds performance “genius”. His close control, mixed with simplistic passing and the desire he showed in recovering the ball high up the field, was something that normally comes from a player far beyond his years.

McTominay has been with the United academy since the age of five and came up through the ranks with the likes of Marcus Rashford and Axel Tuanzebe. Like Rashford, the 21-year-old has now become an established part of the United squad and is tipped for a great future at Old Trafford. He has received rave reviews with every appearance he has made this season and is showing the benefits of the game time he has been getting from U23 football.

McTominay was heavily linked with a loan move to a Championship side in the transfer window just gone, which he would have definitely benefited from. He would have gained game time and experienced the brutal and unforgiving nature of Championship football. But the fact that Mourinho decided to keep him at the club and remain an integral part of the run-in towards the end of the season, shows how much he values him.

He was drafted into the squad in the later stages of last season when injuries hit, and his appearances and performances are set to become more important a year on. Last time out against Huddersfield he was picked ahead of Paul Pogba, Mourinho says because he deserved to get his chance after being with the club for so long. However, his style and composure on the ball offered something different that United could definitely benefit from in tough games this season.

With the imminent retirement of Michael Carrick at the end of the season, he is seen as a ready-made replacement for the United club captain, and can most definitely provide a talented midfield partnership with Paul Pogba. McTominay like Carrick is very good on the ball and able to break up play whilst providing the link between attack and defence.

Last season, he only got drafted into the squad because of injuries and the lack of cover that United had in the centre of the park. Now, however, he has become a player that Jose Mourinho really likes and a squad member that can be heavily relied on. He has featured heavily in Europe this season, playing in half of the group games in the Champions League and helped United finish top of the group.

For the next few years, McTominay will have to train hard and bide his time a little, as Matic and Pogba have formed a formidable partnership, that is sure to provide success and stability in United’s midfield. But in that time the youngster will only get better, and if he can get more game time, either in the domestic cups, Europe or even the odd appearance in the League, he will become an important part of United’s rebuilding process, and be vital for years to come.

Written by Dan Pearce

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