Scott McTominay Looked Devastated As He Sat Alone In Dugout After Man Utd Draw vs Huddersfield
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It was the day Manchester United's top four hopes officially ended.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side slumped to a disappointing 1-1 draw to bottom of the league Huddersfield and well, the Europa League is inbound.
Solskjaer himself admitted that his side deserve to miss out on Champions League football in his post-match press conference after what was one of the worst performances of the season from his, let's face it, tired and lethargic team.
"The table doesn't lie".- BBC Sport (@BBCSport) May 5, 2019
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with an honest assessment of Man Utd. pic.twitter.com/LR4R4wapeY
The result summed up their struggling season but there has been glimmers of hope at Old Trafford.
Step forward, 22-year-old midfielder Scott McTominay.
United's youth team coaches had their doubts whether he would be able to make the grade at the top-level, but thankfully they kept the talented midfielder on their books and he has since flourished.
Mourinho initially put his faith in the youngster and he has proved his worth, making 26 appearances in total.
Scott McTominay's first half vs. Huddersfield by numbers:- Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) May 5, 2019
100% final third passes completed
100% defensive aerials won
89% pass accuracy
2 shots (1 on target)
Building on an excellent month. :raised_hands::flag_black: pic.twitter.com/rs6xj6rMtE
:soccer: Man Utd's last 2 away PL goals have been scored by Scott McTominay - his goal v Wolves on Apr 2 is their only goal in previous 3 away PL matches pic.twitter.com/FrgXMnyjFI- Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) May 5, 2019
His attititute both on and off the pitch has been a breath of fresh air for United fans because, well, he genuinely cares about the club.
And a moment after the full-time whistle against Huddersfield sums up how much it means to him.
Sitting on the bench looking devastated, cameras managed to capture McTominay's reaction after the final whistle.
A number of players have been called out in recent weeks for their lack of ambition and desire to play for the badge, but McTominay's attitute and application simply cannot be questioned.
Scott McTominay sat alone in the dugout after the game. He looks absolutely devastated. He can walk out of that stadium with his head held high. Keep fighting for the badge @mctominay10! We need players who care and you care!- United Xtra (@utdxtra) May 6, 2019
:movie_camera: @stadiumastro pic.twitter.com/h6Ywwx0pJ6
It has been a tough journey to the top for the midfielder.
At the end of 2015, McTominay went through a ridiculous growth spurt and now the 21-year-old stands at an impressive 6ft 4ins.
But in the beginning of 2015, an 18-year-old McTominay stood at just 5ft 6ins, which brought its concerns.
In an interview with Manchester United's official website, the youngster explained his incredible transformation in such a short space of time.
"It's just more of the fact that my body was not ready at all. Warren and Paul McGuinnesswere really good with me at that time, nurturing me and putting me in and out of training sessions while not giving me so much game time." McTominay said.
"I'm at the height I am now and I want to keep going this season and get as much game time as I possibly can. I always knew I was going to be quite tall but maybe not that tall."
The future looks bright for Scott McTominay.