Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick believes that the academy graduate Scott McTominay could become the Red Devils captain in a few years time.
The 25-year-old displayed a promising performance against Aston Villa on Monday night and helped his side to reach the fourth round of FA Cup competition after scoring the solitary goal of the game for Ralf Rangnick’s side. The midfielder is enjoying a good spell in front of the goal in recent games, scoring two goals in the last three games.
Speaking with the media after the game, quoted by the club’s website, the German boss lauded the Scotsman for an impressive performance against Steven Gerrard’s side and said that he was impressed by McTominay’s energy and his leadership qualities. United’s boss feels that the 25-year-old has the potential to become the club captain in future. Rangnick said:
“He is an academy boy, his energy is amazing. He now also starts scoring goals and also with some leadership skills. I wouldn’t be surprised if in a couple of years he would be the captain of this team.”
Will McTominay improve under the Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick?
Scott McTominay scored the solitary goal of the game for Manchester United and also showed high energy in the midfield of the park. However, the Scotsman failed to take control of the midfield and the opposition was able to get in between the lines quite easily.
The 25-year-old is quick, strong, has an eye for long passes and also has a great technique in long-range shooting. But, the midfielder hasn’t been able to showcase his talent consistently enough. The Scotland international has played most of the time as a deep-lying midfielder at the Old Trafford stadium. However, he has impressed the most when he is allowed to make forward runs and contribute in front of the opposition goal.
Therefore, Ralf Rangnick should bring in a specialist holding midfielder in this January transfer window in order to allow the 25-year-old to play in the box to box role which is a more suitable position for the Red Devils academy graduate.
The same can be said about Fred who has struggled when he is deployed in the defensive midfield position but played better in a more advanced role. With a specialist holding midfielder in the line-up and Fred and McTominay in the box to box role, will give more structural solidity to Manchester United and this will help the forward players the freedom to showcase their talents in the final third of the pitch.