Scott McTominay ended last season as Manchester United’s best midfielder.
Admittedly that didn’t say much, but it was encouraging to see from the young Scot.
When Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over, McTominay had been discarded liked a broken toy by Jose Mourinho.
There was talk in the media that he could be sent out on loan, with SkySports claiming Celtic made an approach.
Six months on and McTominay looks like he has a massive role in United’s rebuild.
Solskjaer stuck with McTominay and his persistence paid off. The midfielder scored twice at the end of the season and his performance against Barcelona won plaudits.
In the spotlight
Surprisingly, United have failed to sign replacements for Ander Herrera or Marouane Fellaini so far in midfield.
With Fred absent from the club’s pre-season tour and Paul Pogba agitating for a move, McTominay is thrust into the spotlight, for simply doing his job.
The 22-year-old is hungry to play, and desperate to succeed at Manchester United.
The jury is still out on whether long-term McTominay can become the player United want him to.
Right now he is one of our best options. He will be if he can continue to build on his 2019 turnaround.
We need him to, because as quickly as he has turned his form around, it could all go backwards again. This is a crucial stage in his development, to build from his moment of success.
Patience should be required, but United are not in a position to have a lot of that right now. He needs to show he can handle the pressure.
In interviews and off the pitch this summer McTominay has shown leadership qualities.
With younger players in the first team squad, McTominay has a bigger role.
If he can keep up the goalscoring element he showed to his game at the end of the season, he could be a big asset.
United need somebody to step up and the lack of squad additions puts the onus on McTominay. Over to you Scott…