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Scott McTominay is not far from a permanent spot in the first team

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With a changing of the guard potentially coming during the transfer window, many of the youth players have a shining opportunity to stand out to the staff at Manchester United and prove that they are worthy of more chances at the first team level. One of those players is twenty-two-year-old Scott McTominay, who made his initial debut in the starting XI at United back in May of 2017.

The central-midfielder has since slowly progressed into a rotation player at the club, as he made another thirteen appearances in the Premier League the next season, as well as made his Champions League debut that season in October of 2017, first getting a minute of playtime in the away leg at Benfica, then playing the entire match at the home leg against Benfica that followed about two weeks later. 

While McTominay didn’t manage any goals or assists in the 2017/18 season, he did pass the ball around fairly well, as he managed three-hundred and forty-three passes, with an average of just over twenty-six passes-per-appearance in his thirteen Premier League appearances.

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McTominay was also only charged with seven fouls and two yellow cards in the Premier League, and only took on one yellow card in his four appearances in the Champions League indicating he should be able to keep his cool when it’s down to him and his opponent.

This season has been just about parallel with the performances of last season, as McTominay currently has twelve appearances in the Premier League so far, and has made one appearance in the Champions League. The biggest milestone that McTominay has achieved so far is a big one for young players, as he netted his first Premier League goal in the recent loss against Wolverhampton Wanderers. 

Apart from his first goal, McTominay has also stayed consistent with his passing with three-hundred and forty-five passes at an average of just under twenty-nine passes per match in his twelve appearances in the Premier League. The young centr-midfielder has also continued to do a good job staying patient in his tackles, only committing seven fouls and not having any cards on his record this season.

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While McTominay still has quite a bit to prove before he can be considered a reliable first team centre-midfielder, he has shown promise in his performances already at the first team level. McTominay has already shown up in a squad that is lacking depth and may have to step up even more during the earlier mentioned potential clear-out the club may endure in the summer transfer window.

If McTominay can continue to improve in his goal-scoring and also his play-making and passing abilities, he may be able to take some stress off of the backs of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and Ed Woodward if he can take a position off of the list of players that they need to shop for.

The ball falls into the court of Solskjaer, who will have to properly work with McTominay to develop him into the player that he needs in his squad.

Written by Joel Dulka

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