Nemanja Matic hugs Scott McTominay

Matic's prediction for McTominay's future

Tuesday 31 March 2020 15:31

Nemanja Matic believes that Scott McTominay has everything it takes to become a Manchester United great.

The Serbian praised his fellow midfielder’s work-rate and attitude and insisted he’ll be a key man for the Reds in the years to come, during our brand-new episode of Box to Box, powered by HCL Technologies.

“We are always talking, especially when he started to play in the first team, but now he's a proper senior player he plays like he’s had 10 years in the first team,” Matic told Statman Dave. “With him, we don’t have any problems.”

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“I think he will be a very important player for Manchester United in the next 10 years or more. He is the kind of player and person that you always want to have in the changing room.”

McTominay has made a massive impact on his return to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, scoring against Club Brugge and, memorably, Manchester City, as we extended our unbeaten run in all competitions to 11 games.

Matic, who filled in superbly during Scott’s two-month injury absence, believes the way Scott has slotted back into the team is testament to his character.

“[He’s] very professional, with a lot of quality in the legs,” he added. “His mentality is what Manchester United needs to have, so I think that with any coach, in any club he will fit very well.

“I'm happy for him and United that they have a player like that in the team. He just needs to continue how he’s been working until now and I’m sure he will be one of the Manchester United legends one day.”

At 31, Matic – who recently had a one-year extension option on his contract extended – is United’s second-oldest current outfield player, after Juan Mata.

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And he’s willing and eager to lend over a decade’s worth of footballing know-how to the Reds’ young players.

“I remember when I was 20, 21, 22, I always looked to older players to see how they train and how they behave.

“I think it's important and I hope I can help the youngsters in our changing room. Obviously, we have a lot of young players!”

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