Newcastle United boss Eddie Howe admires Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay
Eddie Howe, the manager of Premier League rivals Newcastle United, is a big ‘admirer’ of Manchester United star Scott McTominay, according to The Athletic (Subscription Required) [h/t Manchester Evening News].
The Scotland international is one of the several midfielders the Magpies have their eyes on to bolster their engine room. Howe is looking to add a defensive anchor in the middle of the park to free up Bruno Guimaraes to play further forward.
To that end, the Toons are interested in the Red Devils’ 26-year-old. In the upcoming transfer window, the Old Trafford side could allow him to leave the club.
Newcastle have impressed many this season. The Tyneside outfit are in the race for a place in the top four of the English top flight. While the Magpies seemingly have considerable funds since their recent takeover, they are conscious of Financial Fair Play.
Howe can call upon the likes of Sean Longstaff, Joelinton and Joe Willock in the middle of the park. However, the former AFC Bournemouth head coach likes McTominay’s ‘experience and physicality‘.
The Scottish national made his way through the youth ranks at United. Over the years, the midfielder has established himself in the Red Devils’ senior squad.
However, with the arrival of Casemiro and Christian Eriksen last summer, the 26-year-old has seen his game time dwindle. The Brazil and Denmark internationals have been pivotal players for Ten Hag this season.
Initially, in the current campaign, McTominay was being chosen ahead of the former Real Madrid star. However, the 31-year-old has put in Man of the Match performances week in, week out over the last few months for the Red Devils.
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The Scottish national has started in just seven league games this term. Therefore, it would not come as a surprise if he decided to leave United for pastures new. It remains to be seen whether Newcastle will be the 26-year-old’s next destination.