In the summer it was rumoured that Scott McTominay was going to leave Manchester United, but fast forward a few months and he is now their top goalscorer.
The Scottish midfielder got his head down and has worked hard to earn his starting spot under Erik ten Hag. For both club and country, McTominay is arguably playing the best football of his career right now.
He came up clutch against Chelsea in United’s recent Premier League clash as he managed to score a brace to secure all three points for Ten Hag’s side.
The 26-year-old was asked about his goalscoring form after the game and he told MUTV: “It’s something I want to keep building, in terms of my game.
“People tell me that I can do more of it and I can score goals and you just have to believe in yourself. My mum and dad have always said just get in the box and try and score goals, and my grandad at home, and sometimes it’s just believing in yourself.
“As long as the team are playing well and I am contributing then I am happy.”
McTominay is already on track to have the most prolific season of his career and Ten Hag spoke highly of the goalscoring midfielder after their triumph against Chelsea.
“We want him to play a little bit higher on the pitch,” Ten Hag told MUTV. “We want to reach him there. He has to make his runs in behind as he is strong on that. He has a good smell to come in the right moment in front of the goal. He is a very good finisher.”
We just can’t ignore the prolific form that McTominay has showcased of late and we’ve rounded up seven amazing stats which showcase just how good the United midfielder has been of late.
– In 2023, McTominay has scored 14 goals which is more than the likes of Jack Grealish, Phil Foden and Raheem Sterling have managed in the same timeframe.
– The Scottish midfielder is averaging a Premier League goal every 157.6 minutes as things stand. If he was to play every minute between now and the end of the season, he would be projected to score 18 goals this season.
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– He has scored five Premier League goals from just 18 shots. As things stand he is averaging 0.28 goals per shot which is very impressive.
– McTominay has overperformed his xG by 2.1 goals in the Premier League which is the eighth-largest xG overperformance in the league up until this point.
– Without McTominay’s Premier League goals this season, United would be eight points worse off and would currently be in the bottom half of the table.
– The 26-year-old has a WhoScored average match rating of 6.86 in the Premier League, which is the fifth-highest in the United squad this season.
– In European Championship Qualifiers for Scotland, McTominay averaged a goal every 93.23 minutes; only Romelu Lukaku, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe and Harry Kane managed to score more than him in the qualifying campaign.