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Scott McTominay Showed Every Midfielder The Perfect Way To Beat Liverpool's High Press

Scott McTominay Showed Every Midfielder The Perfect Way To Beat Liverpool's High Press

Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay showed exactly how to beat Liverpool's world-class pressing during Sunday's 0-0 draw.

McTominay often starts in the big games for United and alongside Fred, he offers a solid base in midfield.

But he showed there's much more to his game than that at Anfield. When under pressure in the first half, McTominay managed to get away from Roberto Firmino with incredible close control.

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To prove it wasn't a fluke, he did it once again in the second half to evade Curtis Jones and burst into the Liverpool half.

The 24-year-old was then hauled down by Thiago to win a free kick and keep the pressure off United.


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Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool have become known for their tireless pressing, but it's something McTominay had no issues navigating.

The Scottish midfielder captained and scored for United in last week's 1-0 win over Watford in the FA Cup.

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Former United coach Ricky Sbragia told the Daily Mail that McTominay has what it takes to be captain again in the future, while comparing him to club legend Darren Fletcher.

"Scott reminds me of Darren. He's got the same attitude, he's helpful to people and time is nothing to him.

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"He's an intelligent boy who does all his own work.

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"It's not as if he got to the United first team and thought: 'That's it, I've made it.' He's kept on working at it and you couldn't meet a nicer boy. In my mind, there's no doubt that he can be another Fletcher.

"It's not a shock to me what he's doing now. It's just been gradual and everything is falling into place with him.

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"Man United are now a better team with McTominay in it. I can see him, like Darren, being there for many years and winning trophies for United.

"He'll be disappointed at times when he doesn't play - but he never shows it. He just gets on with it.

"Scott just wants to make himself better and he can do what Fletcher did at Old Trafford.

"I think he's captain material for United and Scotland in the future because he leads by example. And he's probably got the belief now that he can impact games by getting into the box and scoring goals."

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Topics: Liverpool, Football, Manchester United, Man utd, Premier League, scott mctominay, Rivalries, Take a bow, reactions, Skills

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Daniel is a freelance journalist for SPORTbible and he has previous experience with Manchester United. He has spoken to some of the biggest names in sport including Rio Ferdinand, Peter Crouch, WWE COO Triple H and WWE legend The Undertaker. May or may not do a decent impression of Jamie Carragher.