There’s something very satisfying about Scott McTominay’s continued progression at Manchester United this season.
McTominay is developing into an excellent all round midfielder. He has now scored in three successive games and has seven this season.
It’s a tally which places him equal with both Anthony Martial and Edinson Cavani as United’s third highest goalscorer.
What makes McTominay special is his all-round game. He is proving to be an excellent box-to-box midfielder, as opposed to strictly a defensive midfielder.
McTominay is better when he is allowed to drive forward and carry the ball, and get into positions to shoot in the final third.
Last season he scored five goals in an injury-interrupted campaign including long range efforts against Manchester City and Arsenal.
Imagine there was a midfield player featuring for a top European club who was regularly scoring goals from the edge of the box.
Also bear in mind that said player came through the club’s academy and wears his heart on his sleeve, is well regarded as a future captain.
Factor in that the player is an international ready to play at a major tournament after also adapting his position to play centre-back.
How much would this player be worth?
United have a serious player here, one who gives his all, loves the club, and has the respect of his teammates. He’s getting better all the time too.
It says a lot about the strength of United’s academy that McTominay is proving to be such a strong all round player.
We all hark back to the Class of ’92 and the top class players who came through the academy and rightly so. John O’Shea, who made his debut in ’99, and Wes Brown both kept the conveyor belt of talent going.
Scott McTominay is one of the best players to come through Carrington since then, along with Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard.
There are other top players on the way. Mason Greenwood has the potential to reach new heights. Shola Shoretire is one of several youngsters United have high hopes for.
McTominay is doing it now. He is only 24 and has plenty of room to still improve. It feels like he is still just getting started.
United would have to pay millions to sign a player of McTominay’s calibre and skillset, and often try and don’t get it right.
If he was playing like this for another club, McTominay’s name would rank high on lists of potential targets. Sometimes the players we have often go unappreciated.
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