Manchester United had one of their best tours in recent years. The results are there to prove it and they have given their confidence a huge boost as they go into the new season. They managed to win four of the games they played. Albeit two were against weaker oppositions, there’s certainly some improvement to this team that finished the last season in the sixth place in the league.
There have been some standout performers from academy players who look to stake a claim for first-team football come next season. They, however, haven’t been the only ones that have impressed on tour. There are seasoned first-team players who’ve also done well.
As the season comes ever so close to kick-off, here are two players that have impressed on tour and will hope that they have caught the manager’s eye.
#1 Scott McTominay
Scott McTominay has been on the fringes of first-team football ever since former manager Jose Mourinho promoted him. Only during the end of last season did he start looking like a genuine contender for first-team football. On tour, he looked every bit composed, fit and ready to take the fight to Nemanja Matic.
Nemanja Matic isn’t the same player that he was sometime back and he has also lost a yard of pace. That means he can’t cover enough ground as much as he’d like to and he’s also not agile as he once was. This is what McTominay is now all about and has proved while on tour.
He certainly looked like a younger Matic going up and down the field, winning the ball back and also recycling possession. If he can keep up the high standards he had while on tour, he’s going to be a crucial player this coming Premier League season.
#2 Aaron Wan-Bissaka
Aaron Wan-Bissaka is a sensational talent, who if managed well, will thrive in this United side. Ole Gunnar had set out early to recruit players who are young, have the potential and want to play. Already Bissaka looks all that and more. He has already caught fans' eyes with his energetic style of play and his crunching tackles.
With the way he’s been playing, it is no wonder why United were ready to fork out the huge fee for his services. Though only in a few games and only pre-season, Wan-Bissaka has impressed and Manchester United may finally have a right-back they can depend on.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka has already shown he has pace, he is energetic and can attack as well as defend. There’s every reason for the fans and board to be ecstatic about the new arrival judging from his performances on tour for United.Published 29 Jul 2019, 20:06 IST