What Jamie Carragher noticed about Scott McTominay after just three minutes vs Chelsea

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Chelsea didn’t suffer too many setbacks on their way to the Premier League title last season.

Antonio Conte were seven points clear of their nearest challengers - Spurs - come the end of the campaign, losing just five matches in the process.

One of those setbacks came at Old Trafford in April, where Jose Mourinho did a job on Conte’s side.

The Red Devils lined up rather defensively and frustrated the soon-to-be champions, winning 2-0 thanks to goals from Marcus Rashford and Andrea Herrera.

And it was Herrera who earned the Man of the Match award after his defensive job on Eden Hazard.

The Spaniard followed Hazard all over the pitch and produced one of the most effective man-marked jobs we’ve seen in a long time.

It certainly wouldn’t have been surprising to see Mourinho employ those tactics once again when Conte brought his Chelsea side to Old Trafford.


However, those plans were scuppered after Herrera limped off injured after just 17 minutes during their Champions League tie against Sevilla.

What would Mourinho do now?

Well, it seems Scott McTominay was tasked with the exact same job.


Jamie Carragher certainly noticed that straight away and, after just a couple of minutes, tweeted what he saw:

“Mctominay man marking Hazard, doingbthe Herrera job from last season,” he wrote.

Yeah, he was right.


And football fans agreed with Carragher's observation. Check out the reaction to McTominay's tactics on social media:

But it was perhaps his dedication to Hazard that cost United in the first-half. Chelsea were on the counter-attack from a United free-kick and, instead of tracking Willian's run, McTominay focused his attention to Hazard on the ball.

Hazard was then able to just easily slip the pass through to Willian, who smashed the ball past David de Gea at the near post.

Luckily for McTominay and United, Romelu Lukaku equalised shortly before half-time after Anthony Martial slipped him through.

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Jamie Carragher
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