Name: Scott McTominay
Date of Birth (Age): December 8th 1996 (23)
At the club since: 2002
Appearances this season: 37
Contract until: June 2025, with an option for another year.
The 2019/20 season has to go down as the breakthough for big Scotty Mac. The 6”3’ midfield hard man was a staple of Ole Gunnar Solkjaer’s team before Bruno Fernandes moved to the team and Scott lost his place. Although this was unfortunate, McTominay still won his way into the hearts of Manchester United fans for his gutsy, hard-tackling performances, which drew comparisons to Roy Keane for some.
In previous seasons, McTominay had failed to find his feet in the first team squad and establish himself as a regular starter, never carving out his style of play and his contribution to the team. That all changed this year, as the Manchester United youth prospects got their chance under Solskjaer and McTominay thrived.
One sign of the impact that McTominay had, was shown by United’s downturn in performances whilst he was out with his knee injury, as we lost 3 out of the 7 Premier League games that he missed. Following his return (and Bruno’s arrival), Manchester United didn’t lose a game for the rest of the Premier League season.
Despite all of these positives, his failure to get back into the side following Fernandes’ arrival will be a real cause for concern for Scott. A poor team performance against LASK in the Europa League second leg was rather disappointing for everybody involved bar Anthony Martial, who eventually scored the winner, as this was a chance for the second string to show they could compete. However, the stale performance will have only dampened the manager’s confidence in these players, McTominay included. Scott will have a big task on his hand to improve on this season and show what he can bring to the Manchester United first team squad.
Overall Rating – 7/10
Ambitions for next season
Scott McTominay is a player that every Manchester United fan wants to keep at the club, definitely for now. He has shown that he can play a role in the first team, and will be looking to give his all to get his place in the starting XI back. At 23, he will know that he has to be playing regular football if he is going to reach the heights that he will undoubtedly want to, but the fact that he signed a contract extension until 2025 in June shows that upper management has faith in his ability. So, with Champions League football looming for Manchester United next season, McSauce is bound to get his chances to show what he can do in the Premier League.