Ralf Rangnick tips Scott McTominay to be future Man United captain as he hails midfielder

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  • Ralf Rangnick
    Ralf Rangnick
    German association football manager
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    Scott McTominay
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Ralf Rangnick was full of praise for match-winner Scott McTominay and predicted that the midfielder could one day be Man United captain.

McTominay scored the only goal of the game as Man United beat Aston Villa 1-0 to set up an FA Cup fourth-round clash at home to Middlesbrough.

He has now scored in two of his last three matches, and the interim United boss has certainly been impressed with what he has seen from McTominay.

“He is an academy boy, his energy is amazing,” Rangnick said.

“He now also starts scoring goals and also with some leadership skills. I wouldn’t be surprised if in a couple of years he would be the captain of this team.”

United were poor for much of the match against Villa, but did just about enough to secure victory.

Coming off the back of a disappointing defeat last week to Wolves, the home team were relieved to secure a positive result even if the performance was not particularly impressive on the whole.

“To say that this was a perfect game, nobody would believe that of course it was not,” Rangnick said.

“We still have quite a few things we can get better at but clean sheet was important today and we worked together. Still a lot of things to improve but it is easier to do that with a 1-0 win.

“I think we showed a reaction after the Wolves game, that is what everyone expected from us. We knew it would be very difficult against Villa.

“We fought well as a team together when it was important. In the end it was a good win. That was our goal, to proceed to the next round.”

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