Scotland international Scott McTominay opened his Old Trafford account for Manchester United against Arsenal on what was a bittersweet night for him.
The Scotsman was arguably Man of the Match during the 1-1 draw, turning in an energetic performance from midfield. He provided great protection for the back four and was threatening in attack.
His goal wasn’t bad either.
Manchester United form must transcend into Scotland form for McTominay
With the first half nearing its conclusion, the ball broke to the midfield anchor some 25 yards from goal. He lashed it with venom as it sailed past Berndt Leno in the Gunners net.
It was a brilliant effort and a great way to score your first Old Trafford goal. It wasn’t to be the winner though, as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netted with the help of VAR.
McTominay now needs to carry his United form into a Scotland jersey. In the last few weeks the Red Devils have struggled, but McTominay has remained a bright spark.
He brings passion to their midfield and a will to make things happen. What the midfielder also has is confidence, which is severely lacking in both his club and domestic teams.
So far we haven’t seen the best of him in a navy shirt. The 22-year-old has 11 caps and in flashes has shown why he is a Premier League midfielder, although it hasn’t been consistent.
Scotland take on Russia and San Marino during this month’s Euro qualifiers. It’s a chance for him to show his true potential and that he can bring his EPL form to Hampden.