Manchester United’s Premier League opener couldn’t have gone any better. The Red Devils trounced Chelsea 4-0 with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men looking particularly dangerous on the counter-attack.
All the plaudits are heading in the direction of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Harry Maguire. However, former Red Devil Phil Neville singled out the 22-year-old Scott McTominay for the plaudits.
The ‘impressive young man’ isn’t the most skilful player in the world, however, not many can match his energy, effort and sheer determination to win.
“He’s an impressive young man,” Neville told Sky Sports. “There are probably more skilful players, players with better reputations than McTominay, but if you’re talking about character and resilience, that lad’s gone through it all to get to where he wants to be.”
“That’s through sheer hard work, dedication and training and doing extra.
“It’s no coincidence Jose Mourinho picked him in the biggest games against Chelsea and PSG, and Ole’s doing the same now.
“There’s nothing better than a level-headed young lad absolutely working his socks off. The fundamental basis of any successful person is hard work, and Scott McTominay is doing that in abundance.”
It’s nice to see McTominay getting the credit he so richly deserves. The midfielder had an excellent end to last season and followed that up with a superb pre-season tour.
To then bring it up another level in a Premier League game is class, particularly for one so young. What I think is the most telling is the fact that McTominay has managed to force a seasoned professional like Nemanja Matic out of the team. That’s far easier said than done, particularly as the Serb came in with a £40million price-tag.
McTominay is also a natural leader and that dressing room needs someone like him. If he keeps this up I’d certainly have him in the running to be named as captain or vice-captain when Ashley Young finally decides to move on. He obviously has to continue with these impressive performances though!