Scott McTominay produced yet another inspiring performance for Manchester United in the 2-1 win against Chelsea and dominated the midfield area.
The young Scot is growing in stature with every passing game and he leaves every ounce of energy he has on the pitch, he loves to put his body on the line for his beloved football club.
Despite being given a yellow card in the early stages at Stamford Bridge, McTominay’s aggressive and combative approach wasn’t deterred, he backed himself to win the duels and dominate the midfield battle for his team without risking a second booking.
The 22-year-old was coming up against a Frank Lampard side that had won seven consecutive games, and he was pitted against Chelsea’s big money signings Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic, who were joined by youngster Billy Gilmour.
Partnered alongside Fred, McTominay was outnumbered in the central areas, with Jesse Lingard playing in the number ten role, but it never looked like United were getting overrun despite the numerical advantage Chelsea had.
It was testament to McTominay that it was him who looked a cut above the other midfielders on the pitch, just his sheer presence seems to be elevating Fred’s performances lately.
The Scot made his presence known from the very first whistle and he ended up making more tackles (5) and more interceptions (5) than any of his team-mates.
His ability to sniff out danger is also becoming a real asset to United’s defenders, he made 9 ball recoveries. There were a number of interceptions in the second half, which allowed him to release the likes of Dan James on a counter attack and take the pressure of his side.
It is becoming abundantly clear why Jose Mourinho rated him so highly during his tenure at Old Trafford.
With United winning and Chelsea frantically trying to take the game to penalties, it was McTominay who showed his clever game management, drawing fouls from the opposition and winning cheap free-kicks, breaking the game up, which frustrated Chelsea.
He was fouled four times, twice as many of his team-mates.
Since the start of the season, McTominay has played 887 minutes of a possible 900 in the Premier League.
The academy graduate has become undroppable and his ability to influence matches in a defensive and attacking capacity is proving priceless for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. He has the physical and technical attributes to be a box-to-box midfielder.
Solskjaer may have been tempted to rest the youngster in the Carabao Cup, but his leadership is needed, just like it was in Belgrade.
His passion and desire to succeed at Manchester United shows the mentality Solskjaer wants to create throughout the club, he wants winners and McTominay could be spearheading United’s midfield for the next decade.
With club captain Ashley Young likely to leave the club at the end of the season, McTominay could be the man to wear the armband and lead Solskjaer’s side into a new era.
The absence of Paul Pogba has proven the catalyst for McTominay to become the club’s midfield general.
His celebrations at the end of the game showed how much winning for the club he adores means to him, imagine how he would react if he’s the man to lift major trophies when captaining the club.
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