Roy Keane has responded to the comparison drawn by Gary Neville between Scott McTominay and the Irishman.
On commentary during Manchester United’s 6-2 victory over Leeds on Sunday, Gary Neville was reminded of Roy Keane and Paul Scholes after watching Scott McTominay drive forward and score a brace in the opening three minutes.
Keane laughed off the comparison by suggesting that McTominay’s performance was more Scholes-esque than Keane-esque but the former United captain did have his say on where the Scottish international needs to improve.
According to Keane, McTominay proved that he should not be seen just as protection for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s back four and should be looking to follow up his performance against Leeds by adding more positive passes to his game.
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Scott McTominay scores TWICE inside five minutes!
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Keane even found the time to compliment McTominay’s haircut in his praise for the 24-year-old who came through the United academy.
“He’s 24, he’s maturing, he’s a good shape, he’s played a lot of games at the top level. He’s played in one or two different roles for the national team,” Keane told Sky Sports.
“I even like his haircut, I think his haircut makes him look a bit sharper. Your first thought as a midfielder should be ‘can I pass it forward?’ I think he needs to do more of that.
“We see a lot of teams who think about possession and tippy-tappy football, but for a midfielder, if there is space is in front of you, just run.
The first player to score a brace inside three minutes of a #PL match…
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“It was the perfect game for McTominay. He kept it simple and the kid’s maturing really well. I do like the look of him.
“He’ll need to improve more on his stats and goals, but his role in the team has generally been to protect a back four that is dodgy.”