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The midfielder was clearly on the defensive in this awkward exchange of words, as McTominay was quizzed about Ralf Rangnick's desire for his players to supposedly be 'braver' on the ball.
:speaking_head:️ "I am doing my very best to improve"
Scott McTominay responds to criticism he has received at times this season pic.twitter.com/HVNSWlZAIe
- Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) December 9, 2021
He asked: "After the Palace game, he [Rangnick] said that if he had one criticism of you and Fred, it would be that there were too many square passes."
McTominay replied: "He said 'one' not 'too many'."
The reporter, clearly taken aback by McTominay's response, then said: "One from him, one from you, too many as a team. On that, is he asking you to be a bit braver on the ball? Is that the message he's trying to get out of you two as a pair?
McTominay then added: "Well, pretty much every team in the Premier League presses the middle of the pitch with the biggest intensity. You look at Liverpool, they close the middle of the pitch because they don't want you to play in the middle."
The 25-year-old's stone-faced expression made the dialogue even more uncomfortable to watch, but a number of fans were quick to criticise the Scotland international for his salty answers.
The sideways passing merchant is rattled
- :crown: (@initiaxion) December 9, 2021
Look at how defensive he's getting, you can tell he don't take criticism well. Finished player https://t.co/8EoGIUsF03
- Dash Snow (@_smxrtin) December 9, 2021
One said: "The sideways passing merchant is rattled," while another added: Look at how defensive he's getting, you can tell he don't take criticism well. Finished player."
It would be fair to say that the Scotland international did not come out well from the interview, and many fans expressed the belief that he is not good enough to don the famous red shirt.