Ralf Rangnick tips Scott McTominay to become a future Manchester United captain with the interim boss impressed by the Scottish midfielder’s ‘leadership skills’ in his matchwinning display against Aston Villa
- REPORT: Scott McTominay sends Manchester United into FA Cup fourth round
- The Scottish midfielder has been tipped as a future captain by his manager
- Ralf Rangnick has been impressive with the ‘leadership’ shown by McTominay
Scott McTominay has been tipped to become Manchester United’s captain one day, by his boss Ralf Rangnick.
McTominay, 25, scored the only goal of the game against Aston Villa on Monday night to fire United through to the fourth round of the FA Cup.
He nodded past Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez eight minutes into the match at Old Trafford and that was all United needed to progress on the night.
Scott McTominay has the capability to become Manchester United captain, says Ralf Rangnick
The interim United boss has been impressed with McTominay’s energy and ‘leadership skills’
‘He is an academy boy, his energy is amazing,’ Rangnick told BBC Sport when asked about the Scotland international.
‘He now also starts scoring goals and also with some leadership skills.
‘I wouldn’t be surprised if in a couple of years he would be the captain of this team.’
McTominay’s header against Villa was his second goal in his last three matches, having also scored in the 3-1 home league win against Burnley.
The Scot emerged under Jose Mourinho, having caught the eye of the notoriously fussy Portuguese coach, and has established himself as a key player at United ever since.
McTominay split Tyrone Mings and Ezri Konsa to head in the winning goal on Monday evening
Rangnick is a fan of McTominay’s work-rate and the 25-year-old has started in all but one of the German’s first seven games in charge, sitting out the Champions League dead rubber against Young Boys.
Former Man City defender, and Sportsmail columnist, Micah Richards also spoke glowingly about McTominay’s display.
Richards told BBC Sport: ‘For all the stick he’s taken, McTominay had a good performance tonight and he has had a couple of good performances in the last couple of weeks.
‘But it was typical Man United again – underwhelming and not great, but at least he popped up for a goal for himself.’
While there was criticism for some of McTominay’s team-mates, namely Marcus Rashford, goalkeeper David de Gea produced another impressive display keeping Villa at bay.
Rangnick also paid special praise to United ‘keeper David de Gea (right) after a bright display
Despite losing, Steven Gerrard’s side looked impressive in spells on the night and De Gea was called upon on more than one occasion, something that did not go unnoticed by his manager.
‘We have to develop the team into a clean sheet team and that was another one today, but still David de Gea was outstanding again for me today,’ Rangnick added.
‘I would have wanted him to have less saves in total, I think we had four or five shots on goal, but again we can still improve even in that area.’
United meet Villa in successive matches on Saturday as this time they head to Villa Park to face Gerrard’s side in the league.
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