Scotland star Scott McTominay was given a major reward last night as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer moved to hand him the Manchester United captaincy.
The versatile Tartan Army star has been with Manchester United since the age of five, so they have been a major factor in his life for the most part. An emotional moment was to come after almost 20 years of hard work.
With manager Solskjaer resting and rotating the squad, a chance was given to McTominay, the opportunity to captain Manchester United against Watford in the FA Cup. He made the most of his big moment too.
He scored a thumping header past former Kilmarnock keeper Daniel Bachmann, getting on the end of a corner to head into the ground and over the Austrian. McTominay won Man of the Match as that proved to be the winning goal in the 1-0 affair.
It’s a huge reward for McTominay and he will hope for similar bows in upcoming matches. Handing the captaincy to an academy product may just help Manchester United inspire the next generation of youngsters too.
McTominay isn’t the only Scotsman getting a promotion at Old Trafford this week. Former Scotland captain Darren Fletcher was added to Solskjaer’s coaching staff during the week as he begins his coaching career.
The Manchester United boss explains why Fletcher is a good fit: “Fletch has been very important for this club for many years. I’ve known him since he was a young boy coming through as a 16-year-old.
“We had an opening, an open spot and with Darren having been away for a few years I thought it was important that we brought him in, because he’s got very many good opinions and ideas about football and I thought he’s been in with the [Under-]16s, starting his coaching. We felt it was right bringing him in now.”
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