Former Manchester United midfielder and Scotland captain Darren Fletcher has backed Scott McTominay to shine on both the domestic and international scene.
The current Red Devil is now a regular feature for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, playing a major role in the first half of last season before a Boxing Day injury ruled him out for months. McTominay is also a regular pick for Steve Clarke on Scotland duty too now.
On the Manchester United front, McTominay has found things harder in recent times. He started only four of the 14 games Solskjaer’s men played post-lockdown last term as Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes hit form
And with United splashing £34.1million on Donny Van De Beek as he makes a switch to Old Trafford from Ajax, it’s only going to get tougher for McTominay. Ahead of Scotland’s match with Israel this evening in the Nations League, former Scots captain and Old Trafford battler Fletcher is backing McTominay to rise to the challenge.
I’m a massive fan of Scott McTominay,” said Fletcher (PA). “I think he’s had a fantastic season. He didn’t feature as much post-lockdown, but I think that was more to the form of other players rather than his.
“He was arguably one of United’s best players beginning of the season and when the team was struggling he was pulling in some big performances. I think sometimes it happens like that, really. Circumstances dictate that sometimes the person that’s got your jersey is just in such good form or the team’s in good form that you just can’t get in.
“It’s nothing that you should take personally and you just have to bide your time and wait for your opportunity because there does come a time where you’re in the team and you’ve got the name on the jersey and somebody else is on the outside looking in. That’s the way it is at a big club.
“I’m sure Ole and the people at the club are telling Scott how important he is and I’m sure his levels will be determined to get back into the team.
“I think he’s got a massive future ahead for Manchester United. I think he can become whatever you want him to be in midfield, I really do. He could be a destroyer, he could be box-to-box, he’s got goals in his game. He could potentially even do a job at centre-back as he gets more experienced.”