Manchester United’s Scott McTominay has been a consistent figure in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s engine room.
Talks of Eduardo Camavinga and Declan Rice seem to be dying off despite the futures of Paul Pogba and Donny van de Beek looking uncertain. Where does Solskjaer’s midfield go from here? There is most definitely a growing dread across the entire fanbase that there will be a reversion to the midfield of old, the now infamous ‘McFred.’
Can Solskjaer really succeed with his current midfield?
Comparisons to the legends of old happen more freely and prematurely than fans would care to admit, but the day a young Scott McTominay took to the pitch in May 2017 the comparison to a fellow Scot was immediate.
Darren Fletcher was the out and out complete central midfielder. Pacey, pass and move, intelligent positioning, good movement on the ball. A true domestic and European great of that remarkable United era. When you watch McTominay’s game, there are signs that he possesses the same attributes, despite garnering criticism from many for his lack of forward thinking.
The demolition of Leeds last season was the perfect example of how McTominay can show attacking prowess whilst breaking up play in the middle of the park. It wouldn’t be unthinkable to compare the 6-2 drubbing to Michael Carrick’s performance against Roma in 07. Having Carrick on the coaching staff can only be a positive for the Scottish international.
McTominay is not without his drawbacks and even his biggest fans would concede that his ability to spark creative attacks from the middle of the park and open up his opposition needs to be shown consistently, the ‘spells’ we’ve seen aren’t enough at this level. There is time for McTominay and as Solskjaer’s squad develops, so too will the individuals.
In comparison to his fellow midfielder Fred, McTominay has shown he can perform in big games and really make a difference when the team needs him. Dissolving the McFred partnership might be the best idea but one half of the duo should stay and be given a chance to really grow into Solskjaer’s rebuild.