Ander Herrera backs talented 21-year-old to play a vital role next season

Scott McTominay

Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera has heaped praise on young graduate Scott McTominay who has impressed in his first full season with the first-team.

The 21-year-old has impressed with a couple of top-notch performances versus the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool, and Herrera backs the Scot to play to play a more influential role next term.

Speaking on the United Review, Herrera noted that the central midfielder will be important for Jose Mourinho next season with Michael Carrick having decided to hang up his boots during the summer.

He said: “You saw against Chelsea he was a little more defensive and almost doing the job I did against [Eden] Hazard last season, not exactly the same but similar. He can be more offensive as well and he presses a lot.

“We know we’re not going to have Michael Carrick after this season so we need to add more midfielders to the team and I think Scott is really ready to play in the Premier League and help the team.”

McTominay has been fluent with his passing in the opportunities he has got, but the midfielder has yet to provide a forward impetus, though Jose Mourinho has admitted that the Scot plays to his instructions.

United are expected to pursue at least one quality recruit during the summer, and McTominay needs to continue with his consistent displays through the remainder of the campaign in order to maintain a first-team spot next term.

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