Scott McTominay is something of a divisive figure at Manchester United.
There seems to be one camp that will unabashedly declare their admiration for the 25-year-old as an underrated cog in the United machine justifiably trusted by Jose Mourinho, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick.
On the flip side, however, is a vocal contingent of supporters who believe that McTominay isn’t good enough to play in a Red Devils midfield looking to upscale to the status of Premier League title challengers.
Both points of view have their merits and everybody is entitled to their own opinion, but the one thing that can’t be disputed about McTominay is his dedication to the cause.
If there’s one element that fans of the English game expect from their players then it’s hard work and dedication with tackles, blocks and interceptions often cheered as much as shots on goal and corners.
And although McTominay’s steely determination can sometimes border on overzealous, there’s no denying that he wears his heart on his sleeve in a single-minded battle to bring United back to their glory days.
Besides, it’s a trait of the affectionately-nicknamed ‘McSauce’ that isn’t just apparent in his indefatigable mobility on the pitch, but also in his hard work and graft before he crosses the white line.
While fans only ever see snippets and anecdotes when it comes to the effort of players behind the scenes, everything points towards McTominay showing just as much mettle in training as he does in games.
McTominay looking in incredible shape
And you needn’t look any further for evidence than the shape that McTominay finds himself in as he prepares for the 2022/23 season under Erik ten Hag.
The Scottish international has physically matured as he’s grown up in the United first team and seems to have reached something of a conditioning zenith, looking every ounce the top-class professional in the latest photographs.
That’s because McTominay shared a post-workout snap to his Instagram story on Thursday night showing off his muscly stature with incredibly toned arms, abdominals, pectorals and more.
We’ve seen glimpses of McTominay’s physique in the past, but there’s good reason to think that he’s in the shape of his life right now, so be sure to check out how he’s gearing up for pre-season down below:
Scott McTominay on Instagram. pic.twitter.com/HTfmFpnBQF— 🇾🇪🔰 (@Retro_Utd) June 23, 2022
What a machine.
The physicality of McTominay’s game
Now, the caveat to all this, of course, is that having the ‘Greek God cut out of granite’ physique isn’t necessarily an automatic indicator of someone’s healthiness, fitness or general all-round happiness.
Both everyday people and professional athletes can be at the top of their game physically with bodies that come in all different shapes and sizes regardless of whether or not they conform to the Love Island stereotype.
However, given how McTominay’s rise at United has occurred concurrently with his physical maturation, as well as the general physicality of his playing style, there’s grounds on which we can assert that his conditioning has helped him to optimise his performances on the pitch.
It’s no coincidence, after all, that the area in which we can all praise McTominay the most is his fitness, versatility and resilience on the pitch.
So although cutting your own version of Cristiano Ronaldo in the mirror doesn’t instantly put you at the top of your game, fans can be forgiven for thinking that ‘McSauce’ is equipping himself to really fly out the blocks next season.
Good on you, Scott.