Steve McClaren was full of praise when he talked about ‘unsung’ Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay early this year.
McClaren has made a return to Old Trafford after Man United successfully appointed him as one of Erik ten Hag’s backroom staff.
He worked alongside Ten Hag at FC Twente after he had stood by Sir Alex Ferguson’s side during Man United’s treble winning campaign in 1999.
Like McClaren, Manchester United have also appointed Mitchell van der Gaag, a former centre-back, as Erik ten Hag‘s assistant, with hopes both experienced coaches help the former Ajax boss lead United back to the top.
Ahead of his second spell as a United coach, the former QPR manager had already made some comments about Manchester United’s current players whilst as a pundit for Sky Sports and talkSPORT.
Speaking about the Scotland international, who has received several criticisms from Manchester United fans and some pundits, the 61-year-old said in January 2022: “Wow, what a player.
“I think he’s [Scott McTominay] a player who has matured, taken responsibility and is probably one of them players that is a little bit unsung, does all the hard work, great attitude, doesn’t get the credit that he deserves and he’s [now] getting that.
“You put him on the field and he delivers, he’s a Manchester United player, seven or eight out ten every week that’s what makes a Manchester United player.
“He breaks up play, he’s box-to-box, he’s got energy, attitude, can deal with the ball, gets into the box and can score goals, he’s doing very well.
“The only problem is he’s Scottish!’