Scott McTominay typified Manchester United’s fearless approach in Paris as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team dealt PSG another home defeat.
The young Scot was everywhere in midfield and caused particular frustration for mercurial talent Neymar when the Brazilian attempted to drop deep to dictate the play.
This was no fluke performance from McTominay. It was the second time he had done in it this stadium, even.
McTominay has shown he can be relied upon and trusted in big games. He starred in both league victories over Manchester City last season.
Despite his impressive performances in big matches, McTominay became an afterthought in the latter stages of last season.
He did not play a single minute of the FA Cup or Europa League semi-finals. That may have been a mistake.
After featuring in 69 per cent of available minutes prior to lockdown when he was not injured, McTominay saw himself cast aside along with Fred for the duo of Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic.
Fred got more minutes than McTominay, starting both semi-finals, while the young Scot watched on.
Between lockdown and the end of the Europa League, McTominay played just 24 per cent of available minutes.
This was a sharp decline in his usage, but this season Solskjaer has shown more willingness to get McTominay involved.
Amid the competition for places, McTominay has had to prove himself all over again.
With another strong performance in Paris, he has shown once again what a big asset he can be.
McTominay is not a player who easily catches the eye from an attacking standpoint, although he did create three chances in the win over Newcastle.
He is the kind of player who will keep on having to prove himself throughout his United career, as he did from day one under Jose Mourinho, and he will continue to rise to the challenge.
His display against PSG was further evidence of what he is capable of.
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