Former footballer Tony Cascarino believes Manchester United’s Scott McTominay would benefit from a change of position to centre-back, after criticising the Red Devils’ midfield.
Speaking on TalkSPORT after United’s defeat to Bournemouth in the Premier League, Cascarino felt that the team’s midfield was not good enough – and although he rated McTominay higher than midfield partner Fred, the pundit advised the 22-year-old to make a rather unorthodox switch.
He said: “From what I’ve seen of Man United, I’m watching them run around, chase, fight for balls – they’re not good enough.
“The two midfielders – I think McTominay’s okay, [but] Fred and McTominay are not a partnership to lead Manchester United in midfield.
“I think [McTominay’s] not bad, but you’re talking about Manchester United being ‘not bad’ in midfield. I think he’s far better than Fred.
“I actually see McTominay as a centre-half. I look at him every time and come away thinking ‘you’d be far better off being a centre-half’, because he does a lot of things that centre-halves do well.”
There is no doubt that McTominay is defensive-minded – with the midfielder often being deployed in a deeper role this season.
He has even played at centre-back for Manchester United before – on a couple of occasions in the 2018/19 campaign.
Therefore, he could arguably have something to offer United at centre-back, with the Scotsman making more tackles against Bournemouth (7) than the entire United defence combined (6) – which is perhaps what caught Cascarino’s eye this weekend.
So perhaps Cascarino is on to something, though whether McTominay would be so willing having nailed down a starting place in centre-midfield remains to be seen.
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