Scott McTominay has been in high quality kind for Manchester United of late and has even managed to maintain new signing Casemiro on the bench within the early levels of the season.
The worldwide break offers us a great alternative to look underneath the hood and see the place he has shone and the place he could but enhance.
With 1.3 interceptions, 1.7 tackles, and 5.7 duels received per 90 minutes (Sofascore), McTominay has been key in serving to his staff win the ball again in a midfield constructed across the artistic abilities of Christian Eriksen and Bruno Fernandes.
He has been dependable sufficient in possession as properly, with a gentle cross completion fee of 82% regardless of noticeably trying to play extra optimistic passes usually.
Apparently, his passing has not suffered from altitude illness in any respect, with an 83% accuracy for passes accomplished within the opposition half.
McTominay’s ball retention has been aided by his distinctive 73% dribbling success fee, which has typically been used to nice impact in escaping opposition strain.
The stats actually do seem to focus on the Scotsman’s upturn in performances underneath Erik ten Hag, however there are nonetheless areas he can enhance upon.
As identified above, his passing has been okay if unspectacular when it comes to each accuracy and creativity, so whereas it’s heading in the right direction, extra will be performed there.
His spectacular dribbling numbers have at instances been a double-edged sword as properly and McTominay has been responsible of holding onto the ball for too lengthy on quite a lot of events.
This occurs notably typically within the last third, resulting in a breakdown in good attacking alternatives.
The flexibility to reorient oneself to their choices on the go is a troublesome one to grasp however ought to McTominay enhance his consciousness and decision-making after a ahead burst, United will profit from the faster interaction the midfielder might provide.
A typical downside for McTominay has additionally been his normal involvement in possession – making himself accessible to his teammates. It’s nonetheless one thing he appears to battle with a reasonably low touch-count of 45.3 per match.
That is considerably mitigated this season by him getting used as a ‘pessimist’ in midfield, nevertheless.
McTominay will typically make counter-runs somewhat than provide himself as a passing choice, primarily assuming that the following cross his teammate makes will cede possession and readying himself to win the ball again from the opposition instantly.
That strategy has its deserves, however a top-class holding midfielder is normally in a position to prepared themselves for a worst-case state of affairs and provide to recycle possession with the identical motion.
If McTominay actually does need to proceed holding Casemiro out of the staff, that type of motion is what he might want to provide.
Given his press-resistance and ever-improving passing capacity, he ought to be a much more invaluable participant in possession than he at present is.
Having proven early indicators of taking to Ten Hag’s strategies, the longer term appears brilliant for Scott McTominay.