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Unsung Hero: Scott McTominay shines for Manchester United as they fall short at Southampton

Unsung Hero: Scott McTominay shines for Manchester United as they fall short at Southampton

Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw with Southampton on Saturday afternoon as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side extended their winless run to three games.

The Red Devils started brightly as Daniel James bagged his third goal in four matches to continue his incredible start to life for the Old Trafford outfit, however the visitors struggled to really capitalise on that moment from the Wales international.

Southampton got themselves level when Jannick Vestergaard managed to outpower the Manchester United defence with a strong header with just over 30 minutes to go.

Solskjaer’s side were handed an advantage when Kevin Danso was sent off with 15 minutes or so to go but they could not make it count as the likes of James, substitute Mason Greenwood and Ashley Young all went close but could not find the winner.

The point means the Red Devils head into the upcoming international break with just five points from their opening four Premier League matches.

Solskjaer admitted his side needed to be “more clinical, ruthless when we go forward“, however the overall performance of one individual may have had him a little happier following the outcome of the match.

Scott McTominay appears to have been a player that went under the radar a little for Manchester United in the player ratings that have been released by media outlets, although his stats would suggest he should have had a little more recognition.

For example, the Manchester Evening News gave the Scotland international a modest review as they scored him a six out of ten as they wrote: “Was in need of a more polished performance and supplemented the attack well by offering Daniel James support”, but looking at his stats by WhoScored, there would be an argument suggesting he had a better game than initially believed.

The 22-year-old managed to record two tackles, three interceptions, two clearances and three blocked shots in the 81 minutes he played at the St. Mary’s Stadium on Saturday afternoon, whilst his attacking play should have also been commended.

McTominay created the James goal with an assist, whilst providing two key passes, although his passing could, perhaps, do with some work as he only completed 76.9% of them.

The youngster is hardly the finished article just at the moment, however if he continues to play as well as he did against the Saints, there is no reason as to why he can not be a big player for Solskjaer and Manchester United in the future.

Manchester United fans, what did you make of McTominay’s performance against Southampton? Let us know your thoughts by sharing them in the comments section below!

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