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Ralf Rangnick says Scott McTominay could be future Man Utd captain

Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick was delighted with Scott McTominay’s latest performance against Aston Villa and believes he could be the future captain of the club.

The Scotland international has been given more license to push forward under Rangnick. This has paid dividends with two goals in his last three appearances across all competitions.

Aside from his goal contributions, the midfielder has also tested the opposition goalkeepers with multiple attempts on target from outside the box, which was a rare case previously.

McTominay opened the scoring in the FA Cup third-round tie yesterday with a header from a Fred cross in the eighth minute. It proved the difference as United squandered several clear-cut chances.

Following the hard-fought 1-0 triumph, Rangnick praised the energy of the club graduate. He added that he has recently brought goals to his game alongside some leadership skills.

The German tactician believes the 25-year-old has the credentials to become captain of the club in a couple of years. He told BBC Sport via Goal.com: “He is an academy boy – his energy is amazing.”

“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.”

Our view:

At the start of Rangnick’s tenure, Fred appeared to be the stand-out midfielder for United with key goal contributions. He was reinstated into the line-up yesterday and had an impact with an assist.

McTominay is now starting to reap the rewards after a few more weeks of training under the German. The Scot has been getting into terrific shooting positions at the edge of the opposition box.

The £31.5 million-rated star has undoubtedly become a creative threat for the Red Devils lately. There are no surprises, considering he was a centre-forward during his development years at the club.

While he has been influential in the final third this month, there is still room for improvement defensively. He made five tackles yesterday, but his distribution was poor at 68 per cent.

United still need the right balance in the centre of the park. They should pursue a quality holding midfielder to partner McTominay or Fred, rather than both playing together.

Rangnick has a keen interest in Borussia Monchengladbach’s Denis Zakaria, whose contract expires this summer, but the hierarchy have yet to hold any talks with the Bundesliga outfit.

Stats from Transfermarkt.com and WhoScored.com.

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