Can McTominay play as a striker?

Friday 31 March 2023 15:02

It's been quite the week for Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay.

The 26-year-old found the net four times during the recent international break, netting a brace in both of Scotland's European Championship qualifying matches against Cyprus and Spain.

Having been more accustomed to featuring in midfield for the Reds, or as part of a back three for his nation, Scott's finishing capabilities have led some to ask whether he could bolster our forward options ahead of a key run of fixtures in April.

That question was posed to manager Erik ten Hag at his pre-match press conference ahead of our Premier League clash at Newcastle this weekend, with the boss keen to clear up his feeling towards Scott's role for United.

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“I think Scott can play in many roles, and it's clear, he has scoring capabilities, it's clear,” Erik told reporters at Carrington on Friday. 

“We have seen it for Scotland but also this season for us, he is a really good finisher, yeah.

“But I see him as a midfielder, so I think I am happy with what Wout [Weghorst] is doing because when Wout is in the team, the team is performing better.”

Scott, who has 18 goals in 202 appearances for the Reds, opened his account for the season against Omonia Nicosia with a late winner at Old Trafford back in October.

Our no.39 also netted against Aston Villa in our 4-2 Carabao Cup third round success in M16 prior to the World Cup break.

It's worth mentioning that McTominay did play further forward for our Academy sides during his youth, in which he was praised for some of the clinical finishing we have seen on show during the past seven days.

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With Casemiro still to serve three games of his four-match domestic suspension, following his dismissal against Southampton, it does now seem unlikely that we will see Scott in a more attack-minded role this weekend.

Christian Eriksen is also still sidelined, meaning Ten Hag has McTominay, Fred, Marcel Sabitzer and Bruno Fernandes to choose from in the middle at St James' Park.