Man Utd fans notice big change in Scott McTominay from Scotland performances

Manchester United fans have highlighted a big change in Scott McTominay when playing for Scotland.

McTominay was a key player as Scotland ensured qualification for next summer's European Championship finals – ending the nation's 23-year absence from major tournaments.

But while the 23-year-old normally plays as one of two defensive midfielders for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side, he has had a different role for his country on the right of a back three.

And playing in that position has allowed McTominay to showcase a range of forward passing he has not always been able to express at United.

A Twitter highlights reel showed the Scotland star playing defence-splitting passes, accurate balls over the top and even incisive crosses into the penalty area while playing for Scotland against Serbia last week.

And fans responded on a Reddit thread, saying McTominay was benefiting from the coaching of pass master Michael Carrick .

And some predicted he would develop into an accomplished midfielder in the mould of Nicky Butt or Darren Fletcher.

One fan said, "His reading of the game is really developing at what looks like an exponential rate", while another posted "Definitely learning a lot from Carrick".

Another supporter pointed out that he had more space to pick out a pass playing on the right of a back three, but added: "He's always shown a good diagonal, it's nice he's being more brave with his passing through the lines."

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A later post compared McTominay to Paul Pogba, saying: "He's always improved season on season, and I'm sure that given more game time, you'll see his potential explode.

"We talk about Pogba, but I don't really see him improving as crazily as this guy. Now he's brought his country to the Euros, and let's see what he can do there."

McTominay was also compared to Butt, Fletcher and Park Ji-Sung, with one fan posting: "He’s starting to be more adventurous and calculated with his passing and if his development continues at the pace we’re currently seeing, I would expect him to become the Fletcher/Park/Butt type player he can be."

And another fan suggested McTominay is being held back by the position in which he is played at United.

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The post read: "Impressive range of passing that he’s often criticised for not showing at United.

"Seems he just isn’t put in the position to do so for United, or is being asked to play a different role. Many more opportunities for those neat entry passes when playing in the back. Carrick-esque is a good comparison, as others here have already noted."

McTominay was rested on Sunday as Scotland lost 1-0 to Slovakia in the Nations League.

He played the full 90 minutes last Thursday as Scotland drew 1-1 with Serbia, winning on penalties to secure a spot at next summer's postponed Euro 2020 finals.

Scotland are away to Israel in the Nations League on Wednesday, while United will hope he can transfer his fine international form back to the Premier League when they host West Brom on Saturday.

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