Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay can emulate the success of Jordan Henderson at Liverpool, according to Rio Ferdinand.
Scotland international McTominay has grown into an increasingly influential figure at Old Trafford, netting seven goals across 47 first-team appearances.
Ferdinand has pointed out the similarities between the two players and not just in terms of their position and playing style, but also their similar personality traits and leadership characteristics.
McTominay has had a somewhat unorthodox rise to fame at Old Trafford, but has been praised for his personality and his impact on teammates – often organising and instructing those around him.
The 24-year-old has formed a midfield partnership with Fred but there is a belief that the Brazilian needs to be upgraded this summer.
Ferdinand told Vibe with FIVE , per the Daily Mail : “I think that McTominay can be and grow into the type of influence that Jordan Henderson has at Liverpool over the last couple of years, if the team is built the right way.
“I think he's got the personality, the character, the right attributes.
“He can cover the ground, takes the ball… yes, he's not a passer like Bruno [Fernandes] or [Paul] Pogba but he doesn't need to be when you've got players like that in your team.
“He's got no better coach for that position, marshalling the midfield area and giving it to the players in the number 10 roles, etc, than Michael Carrick and Darren Fletcher, who are at the club now.
“Given time he can, but he needs to be put alongside the right personnel and Fred isn't that guy.
“McTominay could have an influence on this team, he's got the character, the personality. Around the training ground he drives a lot of the things that go on in terms of the culture of the club, the voice.
“He's very confident, got a good nature about him, works hard, got a good work ethic. They're the kind of traits you want to see. He brings value.
“He's good at a lot of the things that the other players don't bring.”
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