Manchester United return to Premier League action against Tottenham and one star could make all the difference when it comes to finishing in the top four.
Manchester United return to Premier League action next Friday when they take on Tottenham. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will look to leapfrog Chelsea in the table and finish in the top four to ensure Champions League qualification next season.
One star looking to impress will be Scott McTominay who has already enjoyed a breakout season at the club.
The Scotland international has made 27 appearances in all competitions this year, netting five times in the process.
McTominay may prove to be United’s secret weapon as his training during the lockdown period has proven.
The Manchester Evening News claim that some of his 5km times were exceptional and in terms of his physique there are comparisons to be made with Cristiano Ronaldo.
McTominay has also explained how the Juventus star has inspired him despite their different positions.
He said: “You look at Ronaldo and guys like this – and their mentality is at the top of the top.
“You don’t get any better than that. For me, looking up to somebody like that, the physique he’s got, the way that he applies himself.
“I have just seen a picture of him, two days ago, reading and revising different things that he’s trying to learn in his life off the pitch.
“People are just far too comfortable too quickly in their life.”
McTominay could be the key man when it comes to seeing Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba playing together successfully in the same team.
Many fans are excited about the prospect but it would create a lot of work for any third player in a midfield three.
Tim Sherwood believes McTominay is the perfect man to help United succeed with Fernandes and Pogba in the same side.
“I think the answer is right there for him – McTominay,” said Sherwood.
“He’s a very, very good player.
“He’s a good team player, knows when to sit, knows what holes to fill up.
“He’ll be in a position to cover these two, let them get forward, let them affect the game in the final third like they’re capable of doing.”
United currently sit fifth in the Premier League, three points behind Chelsea.
The Red Devils will want to leapfrog Frank Lampard’s side to guarantee qualification for the Champions League.
If United do finish fifth they could still be in Europe’s elite competition if Manchester City’s ban is upheld in the coming weeks.