Scott McTominay Raves About 'Powerful' Paul Pogba & Names the Legendary Midfielders He Wants to Emulate

May 28, 2020, 11:22 AM GMT+1
Paul Pogba Training for Manchester United
Paul Pogba Training for Manchester United | Getty Images

Scott McTominay has heaped praise on 'powerful' Manchester United midfield teammate Paul Pogba and claims he wants to model his own game on the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Patrick Vieira and Roy Keane.

McTominay has emerged as one of United's brightest and most exciting midfielders in recent times, in particular glistening for the Red Devils this season under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The 23-year-old has blossomed into a powerful enforcer in the centre of the park, despite struggling with injuries this term.

McTominay's teammate Pogba has missed most of the campaign through injury and has been consistently linked with a move away from Old Trafford this summer, though any such deal may be scuppered as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

But McTominay insists that Pogba still has a lot to offer United, claiming the Frenchman remains a very 'dangerous tool' in the middle of the park.

McTominay told United's Box to Box series as quoted by Goal: "You've got the physique and the presence to hold people off and the burst of speed where you can get through as well.

"There's so many good examples of it in world football. Paul's probably one of the best examples of it, he's very, very powerful and gets across the grass really, really quickly. It's a dangerous tool to have in the middle of the pitch as well."

While McTominay has been thoroughly impressive during his time in United's first team, the humble youngster admits he still has a lot to learn and wants to take inspiration from some legendary box-to-box midfielders of the past such as Zidane, Vieira and Old Trafford icon Keane.

"For myself, someone who's quite strong and a good runner, I should be testing teams more than I do," he said. "I should be breaking lines similar to what Paul does, drive into the box and create chances. We always have to have that balance of one goes and one sits, which is so important for a midfield player.

"Being box-to-box, there’s some amazing examples: Zidane, Patrick Vieira, Roy Keane, driving through the middle of the pitch and were exceptionally good at it. For me it’s important to keep watching clips like that, I get the guys to send them over as much as they can to analyse it."