Sir Alex Ferguson has put rivalries aside and heaped praise on two of Liverpool and Arsenal ’s key men.
The Manchester United legend would rarely praise players from opposition teams, particularly from those that were competing at the top of the table.
But almost ten years removed from his retirement, Ferguson is more than happy to dole out compliments, particularly to his compatriots.
With just under two months until the delayed Euro 2020 kicks off, the ex-Red Devils boss believes Scotland have a squad capable of causing some surprises.
Asked to pick out the stars within Steve Clarke’s squad, he name-checked Liverpool defender Andy Robertson and Arsenal star Kieran Tierney.
“They have been playing quite well,” he told Scotland FA’s YouTube channel. “I think it’s the old story, the scoring of goals. Their performance level has been very good, I have been impressed.
“I look at the midfield players and I think they are as good as anyone, players playing in England.
“And Tierney has been fantastic at Arsenal, absolutely fantastic, Robertson the last two years at Liverpool has been unbelievable.
"And (John) McGinn coming through at Aston Villa has been fantastic. (Kenny) McLean at Norwich has had a great season."
However, when it came to the Scotland player he got the most joy from watching, he singled out United midfielder Scott McTominay.
Ferguson revealed he signed his compatriot as a kid and has been delighted to see him develop into one of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s most important players.
“McTominay is now emerging as one of Man United’s big players. When you watch Man United pick a team for a big game, McTominay is in it," he added.
“I signed him when he was seven or eight and he was actually a centre-forward when he was a kid.
“Good character, great trainer. I know a lot about the boy and that’s the background of him.”
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