It won’t be 39 next year. Not after that Parc des Princes performance.
His PSG assignment? Take care of the boring stuff. The coffee orders. The midfield dish washing.
Partner with Fred in the center of midfield. Be his right sided wingman.
Jog east. Jog west. No ball watching.
Close PSG passing lanes to Mpappe and De Maria. Track Kehrer on corners.
Be a dart to cork on Veratti. Help Ashley Young double him up if he dawdles.
In possession, check to the ball between Di María in Mbappé. Turn and deliver the simple pass. You’re not Pirlo and you don’t have to be.
In transition, first time passes to Young or Dalot are required. Preferably, played into space, for them to run on to.
That’s the assignment. Humble midfield apprentice work.
But humble tasks completed with enthusiasm and excellence lift a team, and, individual reputations.
So what will your squad number be next year McTominay? The Spanish #4? The Argentine #5?
Because 39 no longer befits your stature.