Rio Ferdinand has backed Scott McTominay to become a mainstay in Manchester United’s starting line-up if the midfielder can improve his consistency.
The midfielder had been made captain for the match and Ferdinand said he could see why.
Speaking on BT Sport, Ferdinand praised McTominay’s attitude and work rate.
He said: “You can see in the way he conducts himself but, more importantly, the way he plays.
“He’s whole-hearted, he takes responsibility in situations and you need all that as a captain.
“You need to be somebody people can look to and think ‘that’s someone I’d like to follow’.
“He seems to have those sorts of traits as a young lad still. He’s been at the club since he was five years old, he knows the fabric of the club and what it means to be at Man United.”
Ferdinand added: “He has the credentials to be a mainstay in this team and a really important member of this team for years to come due to the way he applies himself.
“It’s not all about footballing ability sometimes, there’s more to it.
“A mental capacity to take things on and also the ability to go out there and accept responsibility.
“The man that people look to, to be that inspiration and he seems to be doing that more and more, week on week.”
When asked where McTominay can improve, Ferdinand said it is a case of making sure he continues to put in consistently impressive performances.
He said: “I just think it’s a level of consistency. As a young player, you can see glimpses of it but, with him, I think it’s about continuing this.
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“He’s in a good vein of form at the moment, he’s almost certainly become one of the main players in that midfield area.
“I think he’s someone Ole could build around in that respect. He’s not the one you’d say is the most imaginative or with the most skills but there’s other things he brings to the game that the other players don’t bring, like the intensity, the effort, the work rate and the responsibility he takes on.”