Alan McInally insists Scott McTominay has a bright future at Manchester United

by Leo Nieboer

Former Scotland striker and Sky Sports pundit Alan McInally has tipped Scott McTominay to have a “big future” at Manchester United following his accomplished performance during the 1-0 win over AFC Bournemouth on Wednesday.

The 21-year-old earned a regular place in the first team following an impressive pre-season and made his first Champions League start against Benfica in October.

And he made another emphatic step against AFC Bournemouth, earning his second Premier League start and producing a composed display alongside Nemanja Matic.

Speaking on Sky Sports after the game, McInally was quick to heap praise on the way McTominay conducted himself in the middle.

“The boy McTominay has got a big future,” he said. “He didn’t give the ball away too often.”

The hallmark of any talented midfielder is to produce effective displays whilst essentially keeping things simple, and this is what has attracted Mourinho to McTominay over the last few months.

Man United desperately lacked this quality against Manchester City and McTominay, with Paul Pogba still suspended, added some vital equilibrium in the middle alongside a clear impetus to move the ball forward without appearing rushed or under pressure.

There is a clear element of freshness to the way he goes about his game and supporters will want to see him handed further opportunities during the busy December schedule.

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