Man United fans were left disappointed on Sunday evening, after a poor outing from their Red Devils. In terms of fan reaction, supporters were less than kind when talking about a poor Scott McTominay display vs Arsenal.
Scott McTominay has always divided fans, which feels apt given there’s really no in-between when he plays. He’s either brilliant or poor, but against Arsenal yesterday, it was unfortunately the latter…
The Scotland international was struggling in his one-on-one battle with Thomas Partey, with McTominay afforded no space whatsoever, nor time on the ball.
During those rare occasions when McTominay had possession and was looking to play it forward, the midfielder would cough it up far too easily. Wayward passing, in these high-pressure games, is an absolute recipe for disaster. In the end, it’d come back to haunt United.
Don’t get me wrong, I like McTominay, he’s a useful squad player to have and he can make a difference. However, this felt like a game for Nemanja Matic’s experience and tactical awareness, as opposed to McTominay’s energy.
I will defend McTominay in the regard that I don’t really think the formation suited him. The deeper he is in the midfield, the better. Playing Fred further back was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s biggest mistake and I genuinely believe we would have competed better if Fred and McTominay switched positions, albeit a really minor change.
The good thing is that McTominay is a mentally-strong lad. He won’t let this get him down, and I’ll back him to come back fighting next time out on Wednesday.
Anyway, as you’d imagine, the United fans were left unimpressed with the 23-year-old’s poor performance last night. They took to social media in their droves to express their frustration…