Manchester United’s Scott McTominay backed by Romelu Lukaku

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As quoted by The Scottish Sun, Romelu Lukaku has tipped Scott McTominay to become “very important” for Scotland over the coming years.

What did he say?

The Manchester United midfielder has come through the ranks at Old Trafford, and featured in Scotland’s heavy defeat to Belgium earlier this week.

Despite the result, Lukaku has thrown his backing behind his former United teammate, and insisted he can become a major part of things at international level.

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He said: “If you give Steve (Clarke) time, he will get it right. He is the right man to give young players a chance and to test them. Scott McTominay can be very important for Scotland, but he is not the only one. I think you have a lot of good talents coming through.”

Improvements

Since breaking onto the scene in the 2017/2018 campaign under Jose Mourinho, McTominay has become more and more important at United. The 22-year-old appears to be nailing down a place in central midfield under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and has shown signs of making vast improvements in his development over the past few months.

His numbers this season considerably better what he averaged in the previous campaign, and this improvement represents someone who is keen on embracing the responsibility of being a key United player.

Lining up in a holding midfield role alongside Paul Pogba, McTominay has averaged 1.5 tackles and 1.8 interceptions per game in the Premier League, compared to just 0.6 and 0.9 last year.

Further forward, the academy product continues to get more involved with the play in the final third, averaging 1.5 shots and 0.8 key passes per game this season. At the end of the previous campaign, he had averaged a measly 0.9 shots and 0.1 key passes per game.

If McTominay can keep making improvements year-in and year-out, then there is no reason why he can’t be a “very important player” for both Scotland and United too.

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