Former Manchester United forward Louis Saha hypes Scott McTominay as the midfield solution manager Erik ten Hag desires
Former Manchester United forward Louis Saha backs Scott McTominay to be the midfielder that manager Erik ten Hag desires. Ten Hag is actively looking to solve the midfield vulnerabilities by adding players that suit his style of play.
United signed Mason Mount and Sofyan Amrabat during the summer transfer window. Ten Hag wanted to add midfielders who with more creativity, goal threat and energy to cover the distance. However, Mount and Amrabat have faced injury issues and struggle to make a more positive impact on the first team.
At the same time, McTominay’s heroics against Brentford saved United from their third consecutive home defeat. The Scotsman scored two extra-time goals to complete the comeback victory for United. The Red Devils have won three games in a row since the memorable victory and McTominay continued to impress.
Saha told Paddy Power (h/t Mirror) that Ten Hag already has the midfielder in McTominay who fits the desired profile. He said:
“Scott McTominay’s role is to ask questions of the manager and say ‘I’m here. I’m a good, international player and I want to play for this club’, He’s a good servant of the club and he’s pushing for his place in the team. He can score goals, he can defend, and he can provide that energy that this Manchester United team sometimes lacks. McTominay has proved that he provides solutions to Manchester United’s midfield issues”
McTominay has made eight appearances for United this season in all competitions and contributed with three goals. The Scotland international has been in incredible goal-scoring for his country at the same time in EURO 24 qualification games.
The 26-year-old has the energy, drive and passion to give an all-round performance for Ten Hag from the midfield. However, the Scotsman has made two critical errors that led to penalties in two consecutive games.
Fortunately, United continued their consecutive victories and the lapse of decision from McTominay didn’t cost the club anything.
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Fichajes reported that United want to offload the 26-year-old to raise fund to sign players that fit Ten Hag’s profile. The Red Devils have to resort to loan deals during the deadline day due to Financial Fair Play (FFP) rule restrictions.
We think that Mctominay has been one of the best performers for United so far in the current season. Saha is correct about the Scotsman and he deserves more opportunity under Ten Hag. The Dutchman can focus more on other vulnerable areas in the team that need more priority signings. Furthermore, before pointing any fingers at McTominay, it’s fair to question many underperforming players in the squad.