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Manchester United: Romano gives McTominay summer verdict

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Journalist Fabrizio Romano has claimed he would ‘not be surprised’ if there was a potential summer move for Manchester United’s Scott McTominay.

The Lowdown: No interest in McTominay sale

The Athletic has reported that Erik ten Hag has no interest in letting the midfielder go during the January transfer window.

There was a report last week from The Daily Telegraph claiming that McTominay was considering a potential move to fellow Premier League side Newcastle United.

Ten Hag has played the Scot on 15 occasions in the league with seven of those from the start, averaging just 50 minutes per game in the 2022/23 campaign thus far.

The Latest: McTominay could leave this summer

Romano spoke about the possibility of an exit for the midfielder in the summer on The United Stand, claiming the club value him and want to keep hold of him in January, while they may be open to agreeing on an exit should an attractive offer appear in the next window.

He said: “I think in January it’s going to be really difficult because he’s considered an important player. Erik ten Hag is convinced that he’s a player that can be really helpful in some key moments of the second part of the season.

“So I think McTominay has a chance to stay until the end of the season. Then in the summer, I would not be surprised if some club like Newcastle – they’ve always been tracking him – will arrive [with] an important proposal, and in that case, there is a chance for him to go.”

The Verdict: Time to let McTominay go

We believe that Man United would be right to sell McTominay in the summer, as he’s arguably not at the required level to play for them.

Earlier in the season, former Red Devils captain Roy Keane echoed this sentiment. Speaking to Sky Sports (via The Daily Mail), he labelled the 26-year-old and his midfield partner Fred as ‘not good enough’ when they took on Brighton & Hove Albion in August.

Casemiro has been a regular in the Man United team, only missing two games since his arrival – against Arsenal last weekend and against Liverpool in August as he hadn’t been registered in time.

The Brazilian is able to do the nitty-gritty work in the middle of the park so much more effectively than McTominay. He averages 3.39 tackles per game and 1.58 interceptions in the last year, whilst the Scotsman’s numbers come out at 2.6 tackles and 1.01 interceptions across the same period.

With McTominay failing to compete with Casemiro’s stats, we believe it’s time to cash in on him. The arrival of the Brazilian highlights that the Newcastle-linked star is simply not producing the numbers required for Man United and Ten Hag would be better off finding a replacement more capable of standing in for the ex-Real Madrid ace.

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