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Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney praises Manchester United’s Scott McTominay for his ‘rare’ ability

Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney has praised Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay, saying the player offers something rare. 

The Red Devils outclassed Aston Villa 2-1 in their latest Premier League clash last weekend, winning their third successive league game. 

McTominay once again played a crucial role in his team’s success on Sunday. 

The match looked to be heading for a draw after Douglas Luiz cancelled out Rasmus Hojlund’s opener in the 67th minute. 

But the Scotland international came off the bench to head home a late winner at Villa Park. 

While speaking on The Footballer’s Football Podcast, Cairney suggested it is only a matter of time before the manager starts him more often as the player offers something rare.

He said: “He has obviously gone further back but sometimes you can see [he used to be a striker]. He is quite sharp with his finishing in the box. It’s like touch, bang.

“I remember the one at Brentford at home when they came back. I don’t think that ever leaves you. And his record at international record is ridiculous as well – he’s Scotland’s top goalscorer by a mile.

“At some point, the manager surely has to have a feeling like ‘oh my god, surely I need to get this guy in my team’. Goalscoring midfielders are rare these days.”

McTominay is a super sub 

McTominay has featured in 20 Premier League matches this season, but only 12 appearances came from the start.

However, he has netted seven goals this term. 

The 27-year-old has been particularly impressive in United’s last three top-flight matches. 

He scored in the Red Devils’ 4-3 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers and set up Alejandro Garnacho for his second goal against West Ham United.

McTominay followed up by grabbing the decisive goal against Villa. 

He came off the bench in all three matches and is generally more effective as a super sub.