The space is in front of McTominay here. If you pass the ball in front of him then it makes it easier to see the next pass forwards.

AWB passes it into his feet though which kills his momentum. Sure, a different midfield still finds a way to restart the forward momentum but the
momentum is interrupted firstly by the passer.

Only AWB has a perfect snapshot of what is behind McTominay when the pass is played. And us, the viewer. Players unconsciously pass this information with the ball. By not passing in front of Scott, is AWB telling him someone is Image
moving to shut down that space and ambush him? That he isn't safe to turn into that space?

Making this comparison with Busquets and AWB is unfair of course. It's just a poor pass from a player who struggles to have any impact in the buildup for United for these very reasons. Image
Some players will believe in themselves to have the perfect snapshot of the field all the time from scanning. The likes of Thiago, Kroos, Pirlo, Xabi, Xavi. But holding every player to those standards is perhaps unfair.

McTominay is being extra safe here and that isn't
necessarily a bad thing if he isn't seeing the game in the way those named do.
We also have to bear in mind it is the semi-final and 30 seconds into it. Being safe while still getting the feel of the opponent and how they are pressing is okay.
One of my biggest criticisms of Can was this turning blind into trouble. He wouldn't scan, receive a ball and turn. He was a beast so often he could just bully his way through it - sometimes he wouldn't though and it cost you.

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