Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Nemanja Matic predicts big future for Manchester United’s Scott McTominay

Manchester United's Scott McTominay (Martin Rickett/PA Wire)
Manchester United's Scott McTominay (Martin Rickett/PA Wire)

SCOTT MCTOMINAY’S big-game performances have belied his inexperience, with fellow midfielder Nemanja Matic predicting a big future for the “amazing” Manchester United talent.

Having first caught United’s eye at the age of five, the Lancastrian has gone on to overcome injury and followed his surprise debut last May by heading on United’s pre-season tour of America.

There he impressed off the bench against Real Madrid before netting his first senior goal against Valerenga in Oslo.

Promising displays were rewarded by a place in Jose Mourinho’s first-team squad, with the 21-year-old enjoying a standout February in which he took his appearances for the campaign to 15.

He is also set to be at the centre of an international tug-of-war between Scotland and England.

McTominay’s selection ahead of club-record signing Paul Pogba for last week’s Champions League clash at Sevilla underlined Mourinho’s trust, as did his starting role in Sunday’s 2-1 comeback win against Chelsea.

The inexperienced midfielder’s performances have seen him shortlisted alongside David De Gea and Romelu Lukaku for United’s player of the month award, as well as earning admiration from team-mates.

Nemanja Matic in action alongside McTominay for Manchester United (Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

“He is amazing,” Matic said after beating Chelsea on Sunday, when McTominay made just the 10th competitive start of his career.

“He is 21 and to play like that and control the game like that is impressive. He will be a big player for Manchester United.

“I like him because he is a very nice guy and he doesn’t have a problem to ask before the game something and I am always there to help him.

“When I came to Manchester I saw within a few days he would become a top player.

“He is working very hard, but I don’t want to say too many things about him because he is still very young. But he deserves all the good things.”

Matic knows better than anyone at United what it takes to play in midfield under Mourinho, who he worked with at Chelsea before joining him at Old Trafford in the summer.

The Portuguese called Matic a “Jose Mourinho player” upon his arrival, so what does the Red Devils boss demand from a midfielder?

“To fight for the team and not to let the opponent big space to play,” the two-time Premier League winner said.

“And this is what Scott and me did (against Chelsea).”

McTominay’s rise could now lead to an international tug of war between England and Scotland, having not previously represented either nation at any level.

A late developer who rocketed from 5ft 6ins to a 6′ 4″ in recent years, the midfielder has retained his ability on the ball during that growth spurt and has impressed team-mates like Chris Smalling from the outset.

“He’s been training with us for quite a while, even last season,” the United defender said.

“But he’s been sort of thrust into some big games, be it Seville or here, and he’s not phased.

“You can see him crunching into tackles and that’s what we do in training. He goes through people.

“It’s good that he’s stepped up to his mark.”

February was a breakthrough month for McTominay, but March could be even better for the callow midfielder.