Manchester United have actually been rather reliant on academy graduates this season, which Jose Mourinho deserves huge amounts of credit for, as it’s not always easy to put your faith in young up and comers.
One man who has emerged as a real key asset for the club going forward is Scott McTominay. The 21-year-old has shown a maturity way beyond his years in recent months, proving a key figure in our teams against top-level Premier League sides like Liverpool and Chelsea.
While speaking about his teammate, Ander Herrera was full of praise for the man who chose Scotland over England when it comes to international representation. He even hinted that the lad from Lancaster is capable of replacing Michael Carrick, who’ll hang up his boots at the end of the season.
“He’s going to be a good player for the club,” the Spaniard told United Review, per The 42. “He’s a team player and he can help in any position you put him.
“You saw against Chelsea he was a little more defensive and almost doing the job I did against [Eden] Hazard last season, not exactly the same but similar. He can be more offensive as well and he presses a lot.
“We know we’re not going to have Michael Carrick after this season so we need to add more midfielders to the team and I think Scott is really ready to play in the Premier League and help the team.
“As we say in Spanish, he has his ears open to listen and to learn because he wants a long career at this club and he has the qualities to do it.”
Praise just doesn’t get any higher. When you talk about unsung heroes, I immediately think of Carrick. This is a midfielder who’s just been insanely good for this club, winning every single trophy on offer to him. Losing the veteran is a huge blow, and obviously he’ll have to be replaced.
There is no doubting that McTominay does have a bright future, but it’ll take some time for him to reach Carrick’s level. The good thing about the fact that he plays for United is he will get opportunities to develop and grow at his own pace, and having that patience with him is absolutely essential.