Rio Ferdinand identifies ONE Man Utd ace who proved something big against Barcelona


Manchester United lost the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie against the Spanish Champions 1-0.

A first-half own goal from Luke Shaw has put Barcelona in the driving seat for next Tuesday’s second leg at the Nou Camp.

Despite coming up short against Ernesto Valverde’s side, United more than held their own against the Spanish champions.

McTominay was United’s standout performer, playing like a midfielder well beyond his years.

Ferdinand was blown away by the Scotland international’s display, which he believes has shown Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer he can be counted on.

“He was positive, reliable,” Ferdinand said of McTominay during an appearance on BT Sport. “He was aggressive. He’s proved to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer he can be trusted, which is vital for a young player. He was great all day, today.”

Ferdinand’s fellow BT Sport pundit Michael Owen was equally impressed by McTominay last night.

The former United hitman told BT Sport’s Champions League highlights show: “Yes, really impressed with him tonight.

“I think every young – I say young, he’s 22 – but every player breaking through into a team has sort of defining moments whether they can go on and do it.

“I think he might look back in his career and think this was one of them.

“When you’re playing against Barcelona, you can’t get any bigger.

“I thought he was the stand-out man for Man United, played particularly well, looked calm on the ball.

“I love his presence, the size of him in that midfield as well.

“I think he’ll look back in the future and think that was one that really gave him a lot of confidence to be a proper Manchester United player.”

McTominay’s gutsy display in the heart of United’s midfield didn’t go unnoticed by his manager, who said: “A fantastic game for Scott.

“Every time he plays for us, he is improving, today on the ball as well.”

“He’s a great athlete, he can run all day long. He wins challenges, he’s quick on his feet.

“He was composed and brought the ball down a few times.

“He started settling us, to be fair.”

McTominay and his United team-mates will be back in action on Saturday afternoon, welcoming West Ham to Old Trafford.

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