Why Manchester United should hand Scott McTominay more playing time

As Manchester United’s squad began to look decimated by various injuries, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had no choice but to put his trust in youth.

The Baby Faced Assassin turned to Scott McTominay as his back-four protector in Nemanja Matic’s absence. Initially, eyebrows were raised about his suitability to the role. Would the young Scot be good enough to fill those big boots?

Any doubts were quashed within a brutal 45 minutes against Liverpool a month or so ago. McTominay battled hard against the Red Devils’ biggest foe. It was a real mature performance against an elite midfield.

That’s when it hit me, McTominay’s job is simple. Nobody is asking the 22-year-old to ping 50-yard balls across the field, instead, he’s tasked with covering every blade of grass, tracking the runs of opposing players and protecting the back four.

He certainly has the body-type to do that role, while also being a quietly vicious character too. McTominay doesn’t shy away from a tackle, he stands up to the challenge, he loves a scrap. With Matic now ageing and injuries becoming more common, it makes perfect sense to bed in McTominay slowly.

Let’s also not forget that McTominay was crucial in regards to United progressing through into the Champions League last eight. Whether it’s youthful exuberance or pure talent, who cares? As long as he’s producing the goods for the Red Devils, isn’t that all that matters?

Sure, he’s not the most flashy player nor will people pay just to come watch him play (his family members aside), McTominay does a job, and he does it well. Can you honestly tell me that Matic is head and shoulders above United’s #39 at this juncture? I don’t believe you can.

It’s now down to Ole to give McTominay the chance on a more consistent basis rather than only using him when injuries are protruding through the squad. He’s clearly good enough, we now all know that. It’s time to put that faith in him that his performances have warranted.


McTominay is the perfect complement for the more forward-thinking midfielders around him. He knows what his job is, United fans now appreciate what he does. Look at the way he linked with Fred in PSG’s own backyard, I just don’t feel like we’re talking about it enough.

If the reports are true and Ander Herrera does call time on his Old Trafford career, there’s no doubt the club should bring in another midfielder, but it’d be harsh if they don’t look to McTominay first. I know they’re different players, but he’s earned that right.

Next up for United is Wolverhampton Wanderers. McTominay’s mobility could be essential. With games coming thick and fast I wouldn’t be surprised to see the 22-year-old named in the starting line-up and I hope Solskjaer gives him that opportunity before the season comes to a close.

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