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Let’s Hope Scott McTominay Can Boss Scotland’s Midfield Like He Bosses Man Utd’s

Date: 9th December 2019

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Manchester United have had a pretty inconsistent season thus far in the English Premier League but they’ve rallied as of late, recording wins over Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur and Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City this week. 

Those massive victories have taken United up to fifth in the English top flight. 

I don’t think it’s a coincidence that United have hit a stride as soon as Scottish international midfielder Scott McTominay returned to their team, after missing a few weeks due to an ankle injury. 

As many others have struggled to find form under Ole Gunnar  Solskjaer, McTominay has consistently given his all and given stellar performances in a Red Devils shirt. 

The twenty-three year old has been extremely mature this term, as well as leading by example in his play the central midfielder has also inspired those around him.

Even Brazilian middle-man Fred has upped his performances playing alongside McTominay. 

After United’s big derby win over City, Brazil international Fred told Manchester Evening News how he’s enjoying playing beside Scott:

“We’re playing well together, doing very good games,”

“It’s nice to play with him, and we can help Man United to win. Today was an important win for us. We’re all very happy, this win cheers us up. I’m sure from now we can rise up the table, but we have to focus and try to win all the games, not just the big ones.”

As well as being diligent and disciplined whenever he has to shield his defence, Scott McTominay has also impressed when he’s pushed further forward. He’s scored three league goals and created an assist so far in this campaign. 

The battling midfielder has an average passing success rate of 78%, wins about 2 headers per game, makes 2.3 successful tackles and wins 1.5 interceptions too (stats via Whoscored). Those are the stats of a pretty accomplished and well rounded central midfield star. 

Now Tartan Army supporters and Scots boss Steve Clarke will be hoping that the Man United player can replicate his form and standing in a Scotland shirt! 

In 2019, John McGinn really came of age playing in Scotland’s engine room. The Aston Villa man scored seven international goals in his last eight Scottish outings. 

It would be terrific if the likes of McTominay, Callum McGregor, Ryan Jack and Ryan Christie could follow suit and give consistent performances for Scotland. 

I often state that players often need to reach twenty caps before completely adapting to the international scene. Scott McTominay has only represented Scotland twelve times. So 2020 could really be his breakout year for us, as long as he stays fit and shows the same commitment for Scotland that he has shown for Mamchester United this season! 

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