Christian Eriksen believes Scott McTominay deserves credit for his performances for Manchester United this season and says he is forming a “good bond” with his midfield partner.
Scotland international McTominay has partnered summer signing Eriksen in each of United’s four consecutive Premier League wins ahead of Thursday’s Europa League defeat by Real Sociedad.
McTominay has faced much criticism from fans and pundits in recent years, with former United captain Roy Keane claiming the midfielder was “not good enough” after losing earlier in the season.
But Eriksen was impressed with his new team-mate, telling MUTV: “Scott did very well and I think you can see that in the games.
“I think in the first few couples we searched each other a bit and saw where we are, but now I think we’re starting to get a good connection and a good sense of where you should be and also because of that Instructions from the manager as he has the positions he wants us in.
“So we have to focus on our partnership first, while also focusing on where the manager wants us to be.
“I think it went well but also when you win games it’s easier to look back and confidence builds and you forget the little mistakes you make and remember the good things.
“There are many things we can improve, but we are on the right track.”
The summer deal for Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro from Manchester United seemed like bad news for McTominay’s first-team, but he has continued to perform strongly under new manager Erik ten Hag.
Even if he’s out, McTominay can still be counted on this season, especially since the introduction of five substitutions.
United face a hectic schedule ahead of the mid-season World Cup, with multiple games a week in the Premier League, Europa League and Carabao Cup.
Eriksen added: ‘[The whole squad] becomes very important and I think this is a good year to have five substitutions – it will take the pressure off a lot of players and I also think it will give the manager a few more options.
‘The boys who came [in recent Premier League games] did very well – they want to prove themselves. And the guys who started it also want to prove themselves.
“So it’s a good and strong boost that I think we need [from everyone] because we have a lot of games and there is a lot of quality in the team. So we all have to fight for our places.”
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