Manchester United fans looked on in awe as Scott McTominay delivered a career-best performance last season.

The opponents were Leeds, and the midfielder was sublime. At times, it looked like United had smuggled a completely different player onto the pitch.

By the end of the clash, McTominay had two goals and United had six. The Scottish international also had an assist to his name, and he would have been disappointed not to complete a hat-trick.

He surged forward at every opportunity and looked close to world-class. It was a one-off, with McTominay playing more economically for the rest of the campaign. But the sight could be far more common this season.

United face the same opponents this weekend, and McTominay will be hoping to shake off a minor injury to take part.

If he does, United’s new 4-3-3 formation could be ideal for him.

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There is obviously competition for places, with Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba, Donny van de Beek and even Juan Mata all chomping at the bit.

But McTominay should not be discounted from that group. He can play a more withdrawn role, but he is at his best when the shackles are off.

 

Change of style could mean change of fortune

United have a wonderful driving midfielder in their ranks and McTominay should be allowed to develop that part of his game.

He is a decent holding midfielder. But his cut-and-thrust style could make him a standout star further forward.

McTominay looks United through and through. Still only 24, he is years from his peak and can develop further this season.

He has the engine to burst forward at will. That has previously been limited by tactics. But not anymore.

If Fred or Nemanja Matic play further back, McTominay can replicate that iconic 6-2 performance far more this season.

He deserves the chance to prove his worth in a different position. And United’s attacking transformation offers just that.

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