Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ready to build his team around young midfielder Scott McTominay as he looks ahead to next season.
The Red Devils saw their feint hopes of finishing in the top four end with Sunday’s draw to relegated Huddersfield but McTominay was one of the few players to do himself justice on the day.
The 22-year-old showed the kind of desire and work-rate that United have been lacking so often this season, capping his display with a goal.
McTominay, a United academy product, made his senior debut two years ago on Tuesday.
He has gone on to play an increasing role in the side with Jose Mourinho awarding him his Manager’s Player of the Year award last season.
The Scot has finished this campaign strongly, starting six of his side’s last 11 Premier League games, and The Mirror claim Solskjaer now sees him as an automatic starter and central figure for next term.
McTominay was rewarded with a new contract in January until 2023 and Solskjaer has since been impressed by how he has performed in what have been difficult circumstances.
His reading of the game, passing range, attitude and commitment have caught the eye in particular.