Based on his latest praise, it is safe to say that interim Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick is a fan of midfielder Scott McTominay.
The German tactician, who succeeded former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last year, watched on as his Red Devils beat Aston Villa 1-0 on Monday evening to make it through to the FA Cup’s Fourth Round.
Despite not putting in their best performance and allowing Steven Gerrard’s Villians to have the bulk of the game’s possession, the Red Devils came out on top after holding onto an early lead.
Defensive midfield duo of McTominay and Fred combined expertly inside the match’s opening 10-minutes during a passage of play that saw the Scotsman head home what turned out to be the winning goal.
Speaking after the game, Rangnick heaped the praise on match-winner McTominay, who was also named as Monday night’s Man of the Match.
“He [McTominay] is an academy boy,” Rangnick told BBC Sport. “His energy is amazing. He now also starts scoring goals and also with some leadership skills.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if in a couple of years he would be the captain of this team.”
Following the Red Devils latest win, the side will now prepare for a Fourth Round tie against Championship outfit Middlesbrough which is scheduled to be played between Feb 4 – 7.