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'When it was going in a bad way McTominay would step up'

 Scott McTominay of Manchester United celebrates after the Emirates FA Cup Quarter Final match between Manchester United and Liverpool
Scott McTominay of Manchester United celebrates after the Emirates FA Cup Quarter Final match between Manchester United and Liverpool

Former Manchester United defender Wes Brown believes Scott McTominay has "improved" this season and "been a very important player" for the Red Devils.

McTominay is enjoying his best scoring season in senior football with nine goals in all competitions at club level, including the opener in the 4-3 FA Cup quarter-final win over Liverpool on Sunday, and seven for Scotland in their successful Euro 2024 qualification campaign.

"Brilliant," said Brown on his fellow countryman's form. "I have always liked Scott and I’m not a manager but I love him when he plays high up.

"For some reason he has that timing into the box, he’s good in the air and he can finish.

"This season he has shown that and improved and he has been a very important player for us - especially when it was going in a bad way and he would step up and be one of the big characters in the team.

"I just feel when we first started to play him, even if I was the manager you look at Scott and probably the physique on him is ideal for any sort of footballer. He is big strong, long strides and you're thinking defensive midfield.

"But I think when you see Scott playing more he loves to get forward but it's all about timing and he is one of the best I have seen for a while."

McTominay will be a key member of Steve Clark's Scotland squad in Germany this summer and Brown believes the 27-year-old is ready to take responsibility when representing his country.

“I think he will be good," he added.

"He has played many games now and has been captain at times. He will take it upon himself to try and play well and give it everything."