It may not have been deliberate, but when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer listed the attributes that make Scott McTominay such an asset to Manchester United, his skill was only third on the list. 

Solskjaer may have reeled off McTominay's best qualities in any order but in a way it was apposite that skill came after determination and tenacity, for those are the traits that we've come to associate with the academy graduate.

It's a given that to thrive at United you need a certain amount of skill, but determination and tenacity are what has carried McTominay to a new five-year contract and the second new deal he's signed in less than 18 months. He isn't United's most graceful midfielder, or their best passer, but in a way he's the beating heart of the midfield. 

Competition for places in the centre of the pitch is hotting up. Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes will almost certainly occupy two of the three slots now, Fred has had an excellent season and Solskjaer wants to strengthen his midfield further still, but it would be a brave man that bets against the Scot forcing his way into the team. 

The kind of characteristics Solskjaer mentioned in relation to McTominay are the same as Jose Mourinho use to regularly bring up when he eased the midfielder from the academy to the first-team set-up.