11 Jan 2022 | 00:53 | Football
MU faced Aston Villa in the third round of the FA Cup and won 1-0 thanks to a goal from Scott McTominay. Although MU ‘s play proved unconvincing for most of the match, they took advantage of their opportunities and prevented Villa’s attack from scoring, thereby winning tickets to the fourth round against Middlesbrough.
Although MU’s performance still has many things to improve, after the game, coach Ralf Rangnick was excited about a number of aspects. McTominay played well in some of the matches he led the “Red Devils”, but besides that, Donny Van de Beek has shown his ability even though the Dutch midfielder has not been used under the new coach.
In an interview after the game, the German coach said that in the last 20 minutes of the game he changed MU’s scheme to regain balance, accompanied by the appearance of Van de Beek from the bench. “From the moment we switched to the diamond formation and Donny came on, from that moment we were in control of the game,” Rangnick said.
Van de Beek’s good performance, combined with McTominay’s form, makes Rangnick seem to have envisioned the midfield he wants to use for MU in the near future. And in that midfield, the 63-year-old military leader sees McTominay as a key player with the appearance of a leader.
“Scott is a mature player at the club and his energy is abundant. Now we also see him showing his ability to score goals and coordinate teammates. I wouldn’t be surprised if in a few years Scott will be captain of the club,” Rangnick said.