Although Manchester United may feel as though it was a case of two points lost rather than one gained, they can take positives from their performance in the 1-1 draw against Southampton on Saturday.
After initially taking the lead in the 10th minute through summer signing Daniel James, United worked tirelessly to double their advantage, but ultimately found themselves shut out by a resilient Saints outfit who continue to show vast improvement under the guidance of Ralph Hasenhuttl.
The hosts’ hard work paid off with just 15 minutes left on the clock, too, after centre-back Jannik Vestergaard rose above Victor Lindelof to head home from close range. The game ended level and the Saints climb up to 13th, while United drop to eighth heading into the international break.
While the plaudits may fall to Daniel James, the Red Devils’ goalscorer, it was the performance of Scott McTominay on Saturday which perhaps went under the radar. The young Scotland international was excellent alongside Paul Pogba in the heart of midfield, with WhoScored awarding him a rating of 7.6/10 for his overall performance at St Mary’s.
United’s academy graduate made a total of two tackles, two key passes and three clearances, whilst also registering a shot on target – a telling sign that his confidence in a United shirt is growing.
It’s clear that manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer highly rates McTominay, starting him in all four of United’s opening Premier League matches, and if he continues to put in displays like he did on Saturday against the Saints, he will only continue to cement his position in the starting XI at Old Trafford.
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