Scott McTominay takes issue with question in tense interview

Scott McTominay

He wasn’t happy with one question in particular.

Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay recently sat down with Sky Sports to talk about his new manager Ralf Rangnick.

Rangnick started McTominay in his first game in charge, a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace last Sunday, and spoke quite fondly of him after the game.

However, he did say that he wanted United’s midfield to play the ball forward when they get the chance, something McTominay has been guilty of not doing in the past.

In a recent Sky Sports interview, McTominay was asked about Rangnick’s comments, and didn’t react all too well to what was said.

Scott McTominay interview

The interviewer said: “After the Palace game, he (Rangnick) said that if he had one criticism of you and Fred, is that there were too many square passes. I don’t know if he said that to you privately?”

McTominay, who seemed almost ready for this question, responded: “I think he said one. Not ‘too many’.”

The interviewer then replied by explaining that he meant one from McTominay himself, one from Fred and that there were “too many as a team”, which the Scotland international seemed to agree with.

McTominay then answered whether or not Rangnick has demanded he be more “brave” with the ball. He said: “Pretty much every team in the Premier League presses the middle of the pitch with the most intensity. Obviously the most regains leading to goals, from other teams not just us, will be through the middle of the pitch. Little passes that get intercepted or getting it nicked off you.

“It’s being streetwise, it’s being smart. It’s playing forward and looking behind. It’s not a strict way of having to do this, this and this. It’s pretty flexible.”

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McTominay was rested for United’s Champions League game against Young Boys on Wednesday, meaning he could be in line to start again against Norwich on Saturday evening.

Kick-off from Carrow Road is at 5.30pm.

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