The Manchester United fans have been discussing the prospect of signing a central midfielder in the summer amidst speculation that Jorginho is a target for The Red Devils, but Scott McTominay’s performance against Chelsea last weekend could deter Mourinho’s bid for the Napoli star.
With Michael Carrick set to retire and Marouane Fellaini’s contract on the verge of expiring, it is no surprise that United are consistently being linked with the acquisition of a new central midfielder next summer. The Sun claimed that Napoli’s Brazilian midfielder Jorginho is a target for the club back in February after stringing together a series of impressive performances for the title-chasing Serie A side this season.
It is more than likely that United will only have 4 central midfielders on their books at the end of the season, so Mourinho will certainly be looking to bolster his options with at least one summer signing in this position. However, the Portuguese manager may need to re-think his transfer strategy due to the rapid rise of Scott McTominay.
The 21-year-old midfielder has been used sparingly throughout the season, but he has seen his first-team opportunities dramatically increase in recent weeks. Undoubtedly his greatest task to date arrived last Sunday when he was selected to start in midfield alongside Nemanja Matic against a very strong Chelsea outfit.
McTominay was culpable for ball watching and allowing Willian to run in behind United’s defence to give Chelsea the lead in the first-half, but considering his age, he is bound to make mistakes whilst he is adapting to the speed of the Premier League. The manner in which McTominay bounced back from his error was extremely encouraging for the supporters, as he played a crucial ball to Lukaku for United’s winner and was also willing to fight for 50:50 balls in midfield.
Of course, it is too early to confidently say that McTominay has what it takes to cement a position in United’s first-team, but if his performance against Chelsea is anything to by, Mourinho could be persuaded to abandon his pursuit for Jorginho and instead place his trust in the academy product.