At the end of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first half-season as Manchester United boss in 2019/19, the team began to fall apart. Gaining just one point from games against Huddersfield and Cardiff summed it up.
The one bright spot was Scott McTominay, who picked up form in the latter half of the campaign as others lost theirs.
Almost two years on, McTominay has continued his progression and is really beginning to pick up as one of United’s best players.
McTominay has steadily been adding goals to his game. Last season he netted five goals, a figure which could have been higher if not for a couple of spells out injured.
His goal at the weekend against Everton helped him surpass this. McTominay has six goals in all competitions this season, the highest tally of his career to date.
His six goals have been well balanced too. Three have been headers, two from his right foot and one with his left.
There are 15 games left in the Premier League season, plus a further minimum of three more in FA Cup and Europa League, which could become nearer 15 if United reach the finals in both competitions.
McTominay has made 29 appearances for United this season so far. There is every chance he can reach double figures and get to 10 goals by time the campaign is done.
Reaching 10 goals would be an impressive achievement. Nobody expected this from McTominay heading into the season. He is setting new targets and expectations due to the quality of his performances.
All round quality
At 24-years-old, McTominay is improving at the rate United would expect. While his top contribution of six goals so far neatly tracks his development, he is so much more than that.
McTominay has the second highest pass completion rate of United midfielders with 87.6 per cent this season in the Premier League.
He also ranks fourth highest in the team with 1.6 tackles per game. He ranks third among United midfielders for interceptions.
Often what stands out is his mentality and leadership. After United scored the ninth goal against Southampton, McTominay was seen urging his teammates to get set to go again and score a 10th.
His recent performances have been a delight to see. WhoScored.com ranks him as United’s sixth best players this season. Rarely does he get the credit.
Its understandable he gets overshadowed with Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba in the midfield mix too, but McTominay is doing a very good job and the goals he is chipping in with are bringing attention to his contribution.
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