Scott McTominay image 39

Scott McTominay Scotland flag

2019-20 Performances


View full 2019-20 profile

6.0 Season Average Rating
Appearances
22
Goals
3
Assists
1
Yellow cards
3

CR1

New Member
Newbie
Joined
Jun 18, 2019
Messages
54
I never quite agreed with the criticism of him when he first broke through. Ok yes, maybe at times he was a bit limited on the ball but that's at least partly because he was given instructions to keep it simple. I always thought he looked squad player potential at worse. Good at screening and tackling etc.

And obviously he's improved further since he started playing more regularly around midway last season. He's definitely more than a squad player now. Before criticizing his performances this season one has to take into account that he is being played out of position. He's currently playing as a 6 when his best position is at 8.

For me McTominay is a definite starter and I think he'll improve even further, especially when we get someone else to be the first-choice 6 so he can move back into 8. One of my favorite players in the current squad. I don't think we need to sign another 8/box-to-box except maybe someone for back-up. Focus on 6/CDM instead. Then when Pogba leaves we can assess if we need to sign someone there as well or if Gomes is good enough.
 

Foxbatt

Full Member
Joined
Oct 21, 2013
Messages
4,307
Obviously he is going to be a starter because we have no one left to start in midfield. But if he is going to be the regular midfield player for us then God help us.
 

Son

New Member
Newbie
Joined
Apr 24, 2019
Messages
338
I miss Herrera :(

Mctomminay has been awful for us so far this season. I guarantee at the same age Herrera was just as good too if not better technically.

We’ve had awful, awful luck with midfielders for years. Pogba is a star though. I long for a day Pogba is further up the field without players like Mctomminay behind him. Unfortunately never happening I doubt...
 
Last edited by a moderator:

Beans

Full Member
Joined
Aug 9, 2019
Messages
321
Location
Midwest, USA
I never quite agreed with the criticism of him when he first broke through. Ok yes, maybe at times he was a bit limited on the ball but that's at least partly because he was given instructions to keep it simple. I always thought he looked squad player potential at worse. Good at screening and tackling etc.

And obviously he's improved further since he started playing more regularly around midway last season. He's definitely more than a squad player now. Before criticizing his performances this season one has to take into account that he is being played out of position. He's currently playing as a 6 when his best position is at 8.

For me McTominay is a definite starter and I think he'll improve even further, especially when we get someone else to be the first-choice 6 so he can move back into 8. One of my favorite players in the current squad. I don't think we need to sign another 8/box-to-box except maybe someone for back-up. Focus on 6/CDM instead. Then when Pogba leaves we can assess if we need to sign someone there as well or if Gomes is good enough.
Interesting post! I think Scott has looked limited on the back at times, but so do most people playing holding midfielder. Besides, he has Pogba next to him, the best passing midfielder in the world, it makes sense to defer, especially early in his career.

I'd love to see him get a run playing more attacking role. A little easier for the club to find a DM in the transfer window than a good box to box midfielder, as well.
 

SambaBoy

Full Member
Joined
Jan 28, 2009
Messages
3,313
I don't want to judge him too much on the start of the season but I don't think he's ever going to eclipse what Herrera provided for us. Herrera seemed to be busier about the pitch while being less careless on the ball. Herrera's passing range wasn't that adventurous but he played neat forward passes at times and was a big game player.

McTominay has a lot to develop before he can reach them sort of levels for me. His passing has been very sloppy thus far, and when you know Pogba will turn over the ball numerous times before a games starts due to him trying to be creative, then it's hard to have your two deepest midfielders turning over the ball 30-40+ a game.

As it stands, McTominay is going to start for the foreesable future due to the lack of competition but unless he improves, he shouldn't more than a squad player.
 

CR1

New Member
Newbie
Joined
Jun 18, 2019
Messages
54
Interesting post! I think Scott has looked limited on the back at times, but so do most people playing holding midfielder. Besides, he has Pogba next to him, the best passing midfielder in the world, it makes sense to defer, especially early in his career.

I'd love to see him get a run playing more attacking role. A little easier for the club to find a DM in the transfer window than a good box to box midfielder, as well.
Thanks, yes and in my opinion I think Longstaff might be a good option. I like Ole's strategy of primarily focusing on English players.
 

FrankDrebin

Don't call me Shirley
Joined
Aug 25, 2019
Messages
2,145
Location
Police Squad
Supports
A Alien invasion.
He's a solid yet unremarkable competitive midfielder. As a bench/squad option he's perfect , as a nailed on first teamer though ? you would like more.
But he'll amass a number of minutes this season due to the ever present lack of quality in our midfield.

I miss Herrera :(

Mctomminay has been awful for us so far this season. I guarantee at the same age Herrera was just as good too if not better technically.

We’ve had awful, awful luck with midfielders for years. Pogba is a star though. I long for a day Pogba is further up the field without players like Mctomminay behind him. Unfortunately never happening I doubt...
But..
Gary Neville "Herrera, to be fair, huffed and puffed, but there's loads of him - there's loads of them around, there's loads of Ander Herrera's. He's nothing special."
 
Last edited:

RooneyLegend

Full Member
Joined
May 3, 2013
Messages
9,467
The lad tries I’ll give him that. I want him to succeed I really do.. but I’m sorry you’ve either got it or you haven’t and unfortunately I don’t think Mr 6ft 4 will ever be good enough for United. What I’d do for a centre mid who can pass a ball forwards.. My god I wish I’d appreciated Carrick more what a player he was.. This lad on the other hand is basically Tom Cleverly Mk two we won’t win anything with the likes of him and Lingard starting every week. Sorry boys but you know I’m right.
I'd have Cleverly over him any day.
Not sure he's quite Premier League quality
Doesn't seem like it. Amazing we have the most expensive midfielder ever playing next to a championship player.
Play him with Fred in pivot and give Pogba more freedom and Mctominay will be better. His strengths are his pressing and play in transition. Fred, though with his own issues, strengths and ball circulation and build up. Pogba won't then have to play from so deep.

I think Scott can be a Henderson type player, who can be useful in the right team like Liverpool have shown.
He's nowhere near where Henderson was at the same age.
 
Southampton 1:1 Man Utd

Roboc7

Full Member
Joined
Mar 31, 2014
Messages
3,870
The guy is a trier but he’s nowhere near good enough, it’s a simple truth he wouldn’t get in team of any of the four teams we have played in league so far. Lucky not to be subbed off but in fairness we don’t have anyone else.
 
Last edited:

tjb

Full Member
Joined
Sep 6, 2013
Messages
824
clearly a box to box player, but he's playing with pogba so he has to be a defensive midfielder which he is not great at
 

Rozay

Master of Hindsight
Joined
Oct 22, 2012
Messages
16,221
Location
#SmallingPlusOne
Best game for a long, long time today. Very good I thought.
 

bosnian_red

Worst scout to ever exist
Joined
Aug 13, 2011
Messages
37,241
Location
Canada
The least of our problems, nothing wrong with his game today.
Apart from having a poor touch and not being much of a passer? Positionally he isn't great from a defensive perspective either. He's just plain average. He can get stuck in, get blocks in, get in physical duels and all that, but he's just so so average in pretty much every aspect and it'll be a recurring issue throughout the season. We'll never have control in midfield or games because he's not capable of being that quality holding midfielder who can provide that.
 

LoCalXT

New Member
Newbie
Joined
Mar 16, 2015
Messages
379
Only midfielder in the squad we can count on for regular 6/10 performances week in week out.
 

Omahahaha

New Member
Joined
Jun 19, 2014
Messages
196
It's weird how he is now starting every game. Good attitude and has some good attributes, but not good enough for a starting spot if we are in any way ambitious.
 

Ace of Spades

Full Member
Joined
Jan 24, 2013
Messages
3,466
Apart from having a poor touch and not being much of a passer? Positionally he isn't great from a defensive perspective either. He's just plain average. He can get stuck in, get blocks in, get in physical duels and all that, but he's just so so average in pretty much every aspect and it'll be a recurring issue throughout the season. We'll never have control in midfield or games because he's not capable of being that quality holding midfielder who can provide that.
This. No problem with the effort, but quality is lacking.
 

Chicharito_

Full Member
Joined
Aug 4, 2010
Messages
1,570
How many times does he want to pass the ball out of play though?

Physically he's good and get's around the pitch but concerned about the quality sometimes.
 

LJJT

Full Member
Joined
Apr 20, 2010
Messages
977
Location
North West
He showed urgency, fight and desire to win the ball and play it at least. Thought he was alright today really. Least he doesn’t dally on the ball taking 10 touches looking up and down at the ball cos he can’t play with his head up
 

Andersons Dietician

Full Member
Joined
Jun 14, 2016
Messages
9,660
Supports
Supports good football
It's weird how he is now starting every game. Good attitude and has some good attributes, but not good enough for a starting spot if we are in any way ambitious.
I agree. It’s weird though because he does good things in games doesn’t shy away and is a trier. His attitude is fantastic but I don’t think the good out numbers the bad. He gives the ball away a lot gets caught out of position a lot and you can see Pogba and others directing him on where he needs to be but given Matic’s cameo I’d still rather persist with the uncertainty of McT than see Matic out and about.
 

slored1

New Member
Newbie
Joined
May 15, 2016
Messages
542
Miles better than Matic, but still not good enough to start for a team that wants to finish in top 4.
 

RRCE

Full Member
Joined
Jun 18, 2007
Messages
784
I thought the kid was pretty decent today. I love his attitude and physicality, and am pleased that he’s starting ahead of Matic. Yes, he has his limitations, but he’s young and will improve. He’s certainly far from our biggest problem.
 

Roboc7

Full Member
Joined
Mar 31, 2014
Messages
3,870
I thought the kid was pretty decent today. I love his attitude and physicality, and am pleased that he’s starting ahead of Matic. Yes, he has his limitations, but he’s young and will improve. He’s certainly far from our biggest problem.
He’s a big problem, by no means only one, because it’s such an important position and he can’t do what is needed. Some aspects of his game might improve but his ability on the ball is miles off.

We might be able to get away with him playing in a midfield 3 but that’s it, not his fault is just staggering we have go into season with him as a starter and little alternative.
 

Aouer-United

New Member
Newbie
Joined
Aug 31, 2019
Messages
154
I like the fact that he has hunger, defended so well and desire to win the ball. Mctominay needs to command midfield more and connecting midfield to attack together. I was frustrated when he wins the ball back, he just quickly released the ball longer over Southampton which they intercepted so easily. There was the time they were overrunning over us, he finally has a ball, he released the ball quicker so they won possession and dominating us.

He needs to take more responsibility from the build play alongside Pogba because Pogba can't do everything on his own but when he's marked and get pressed by at least 2 players, he'll lose more ball which can lead to dangerous attack for them.

He is squad player at best, we need a midfielder who can control the game and knew whenever we need to slow tempo after winning the ball back.
 

kundalini

Full Member
Joined
Aug 26, 2004
Messages
4,548
Good performance. Assist for James' goal and a super cross for Wan-Bissaka's big chance. Also his driving run resulted in the red card.
 

RRCE

Full Member
Joined
Jun 18, 2007
Messages
784
He’s a big problem, by no means only one, because it’s such an important position and he can’t do what is needed. Some aspects of his game might improve but his ability on the ball is miles off.

We might be able to get away with him playing in a midfield 3 but that’s it, not his fault is just staggering we have go into season with him as a starter and little alternative.
I think he has more potential than you’re giving him credit for, but it’s a matter of opinion and I definitely understand where you’re coming from. I agree that him being a starter is representative of the weakness of our team. No doubt about that. Don’t get me wrong, I’d much prefer a better player in there, particularly in the system Ole seems determined to play. Still, I like the kid, and if we’re attributing fault, I have a long list before I get to him.
 

Roboc7

Full Member
Joined
Mar 31, 2014
Messages
3,870
I think he has more potential than you’re giving him credit for, but it’s a matter of opinion and I definitely understand where you’re coming from. I agree that him being a starter is representative of the weakness of our team. No doubt about that. Don’t get me wrong, I’d much prefer a better player in there, particularly in the system Ole seems determined to play. Still, I like the kid, and if we’re attributing fault, I have a long list before I get to him.
I dont think there are more than 3 teams in the league he’d start regularly for but we are picking him every week. Don’t see much potential myself.
 

GenZRed

New Member
Newbie
Joined
Aug 10, 2019
Messages
174
He is a solid player but it says it all about the state of our midfield when he looks like the best midfielder we have.
 

dev1l

Full Member
Joined
Jun 8, 2006
Messages
8,106
Good performance. Assist for James' goal and a super cross for Wan-Bissaka's big chance. Also his driving run resulted in the red card.
The "experts" over here will prefer to highlight his
mistakes. They need fuel for their constant moaning.:)
 

Tarrou

Full Member
Joined
May 13, 2013
Messages
14,850
Location
Sydney
I think he has more potential than you’re giving him credit for, but it’s a matter of opinion and I definitely understand where you’re coming from. I agree that him being a starter is representative of the weakness of our team. No doubt about that. Don’t get me wrong, I’d much prefer a better player in there, particularly in the system Ole seems determined to play. Still, I like the kid, and if we’re attributing fault, I have a long list before I get to him.
I agree with this. He's a great player to have in the squad who can come in and do a job, but we shouldn't be relying on him - but that's not Scott's fault.
 

Augustus Gloop

New Member
Newbie
Joined
Sep 13, 2009
Messages
97
Location
UK
I think there were moments, such as a few attempts at a cross field pass, that even though they’re not coming off now, they will do as he plays more and gets older. That’s my only criticism.

Other than that, he was effective. Grabbed an assist and “won” a red card for us. He was also a decent defensive unit using his frame and positional intelligence.

I hope he gets better and better this season. It’s 100% in his locker.