Scotland’s victory over Cyprus not only solidified their path to the Euro finals but also showcased Scott McTominay’s importance, suggesting that he should not be overlooked at Manchester United by Erik Ten Hag.
In Group A, Steve Clarke’s squad secured their fifth consecutive win, maintaining a flawless record and making them appear unstoppable in their quest for a spot in Germany next summer. Their route to the Euro finals was further smoothed by Spain’s victory over Georgia before kickoff.
With a potential draw in the upcoming Norway vs. Georgia match, Scotland could secure their qualification, setting the stage for a celebratory clash against England in Glasgow’s Hampden Park.
Despite having played only seven minutes for Manchester United this season, primarily as a late substitute, McTominay seems poised to rely heavily on international matches if Ten Hag continues to overlook him. In Scotland’s lineup, he stands out as a crucial figure, often drawing comparisons to Harry Maguire due to his influence.
McTominay’s remarkable record of six goals in five qualifying games highlights his importance to Clarke’s midfield. Despite failing to secure a move to West Ham or Newcastle during the summer transfer window, McTominay contributes power and a touch of class to Scotland’s gameplay.
During the Cyprus match, McTominay’s performance was impressive. He capitalized on an Andy Robertson cross, courtesy of John McGinn’s flick-on, to score his first goal. The atmosphere, heated as the 27-degree Celsius temperature, was electrified by Saltire flags, creating a holiday-like ambiance for the traveling fans.
Scotland raced to a 3-0 lead within the first half-hour, with Ryan Porteous netting his maiden international goal from a Jack Hendry assist. McTominay continued to shine, providing an assist for McGinn’s goal. Apart from the occasional long-range threat from Cyprus, Scotland maintained control of the game. McTominay himself narrowly missed additional goals, hitting the post late in the match.
This commanding performance prompts the question: Was Ten Hag observing McTominay’s stellar display and reconsidering his role at Old Trafford? The midfielder’s exceptional performance for Scotland highlights his potential impact, both at the international level and potentially back in Manchester.