Scott McTominay has raved about the qualities of some of his Manchester United teammates.
In a feature with the Athletic, he wrote about his own game as well as the abilities of Harry Maguire, Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes.
It’s clear to see from the outside just what an impact Bruno has had and McTominay echoed that.
He also said that Pogba has the quality to do almost anything he wants on the football pitch and hailed Maguire’s recovery from injury as well as his smart mind to recognise tactical changes by the opposition.
“Bruno Fernandes is always communicating,” he said. “Sometimes in strong terms! But Bruno is Bruno, he can say what he wants. He is a top personality.
“A lot of the things we’ve been doing well at United, he’s been firmly at the heart of them. Big credit to him. As soon as he walked through the door he was practising hard, doing everything to the best of his abilities.
“He revels in that competitive edge. You can tackle him hard, you can talk back to him, and he still loves you. He never holds back with anything and that’s the sign of a true Manchester United player.”
He added: “It seems these days like every player has to have a designated position. Yet what would people say Paul Pogba is? Can he do it all? Of course he can. No problem for somebody of his quality.”
Underrated area of Maguire’s game
Many observers would say Maguire adds physicality and leadership to United’s backline.
But McTominay points out how good he is at spotting when the opposition have changed something.
“Often, the midfield picture alters during a game, because a lot of teams change formation. That is an influence of managers from Germany. As a player, that is a hard task to handle.
“Having leaders on the pitch, who can recognise shifting systems and say what needs tweaking, is also important. Harry Maguire at United is great at noticing any little changes. Maguire has dealt with his injury so well.
“He was building up to the Europa League final all year only to miss the game, but he showed his strength of character because he was in top spirits with all the boys, the full trip. The whole time he was there trying to help us in the changing room.”
McTominay has a chance to make history
McTominay and his Scotland teammates have a chance to go down in their country’s history tonight.
A win at Wembley would make them immortal in the eyes of the Tartan Army.
McTominay has the big-game experience to cope with the occasion and could be deployed in a three-man backline or in midfield.
The game could see him come up against Maguire, who has declared himself fit for the game.
Pogba and Fernandes have already impressed at Euro 2020 so far, and McTominay has another opportunity to make his mark tonight.
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