Man United fans want to see Scott McTominay up front instead of Cristiano Ronaldo after academy footage emerges
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Manchester United fans want to see Scott McTominay up front instead of Cristiano Ronaldo after seeing footage of him playing in the position at academy level.
Although he often plays as a centre-back for Scotland, McTominay traditionally plays as a sitting midfielder for the Red Devils.
On Thursday night McTominay bagged the final goal to wrap up a 4-2 Carabao Cup third round win over Aston Villa, latching onto a glorious Alejandro Garnacho pass.
While the pass was stunning, it was a well-timed run into the box and fine stabbed finish from McTominay.
The way in which they goal was scored looked like something you'd see from an out and out number nine and after the strike, United supporters have uncovered footage of McTominay playing as a forward for the youth team.
Playing against Paris Saint-Germain in the International Champions Cup, McTominay displayed some lovely footwork to turn a defender and then finished like prime Thierry Henry.
Scott McTominay was originally a striker during the academy days for a long time.— َ (@TheErikWay) November 10, 2022
His best position is around the opponent box.
Another clip saw him bag two smartly-taken goals while wearing the No.9 shirt for United's reserves at Old Trafford, while he also thumped one in from distance away at Southampton.
And fans think McTominay needs to be reverted to his previous role to get the best out of his skillset.
Better than CR37 https://t.co/fC5ABpdXvY— THE Living Legend (@omnisavage) November 11, 2022
Come on man, he shoots the ball better than Sancho and our 38yr old striker. He will perform well in box to box role making that late run into the box, just like how Arteta is using Xhaka now. Mctominay can give us 10 PL goals from the midfield— SAVAGE PUNTER🏈🏀⚽️🏓🎾🏐🔞 (@iam_sexysavage_) November 11, 2022
Can be be changed back to a striker??? @ManUtd tell Ten Haag https://t.co/hkr8qgiIly— Michael Adeeko (@kveltyts) November 11, 2022
Can we use him as a striker instead of Ronaldo !!— Ash Raful 🇧🇩 💙 (@ratulgotchance) November 11, 2022
He will do better in that position than our 38 years old striker who thinks he can still win a ballon D’or 😂— SAVAGE PUNTER🏈🏀⚽️🏓🎾🏐🔞 (@iam_sexysavage_) November 11, 2022
WE FOUND OUR NUMBER 9 https://t.co/gAIwQqoAwt— R 🕺 (@roberrrttoo) November 11, 2022
McTominay was thrown up front late on as United salvaged a late draw against Chelsea, while more recently we've seen Harry Maguire partner Cristiano Ronaldo in attack against Real Sociedad.
These days McTominay stands at a 6ft 4 but incredibly he underwent an insane 10-inch growth spurt after his 18th birthday.
He was also a striker as a youngster, as confirmed by United's legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
“Good character, great trainer, I know a little bit about the boy,” Ferguson said on McTominay.
"I signed him when he was seven or eight [years old]. He was actually a center-forward as a kid. He has sprouted, a little bit like Darren [Fletcher] when he first came.”
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Topics: Scott Mctominay, Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo