Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville believes Scott McTominay should be deployed as a centre-back.
The Scotland international definitely has a physical side to his game that is nicely accompanied by his pace. It potentially opens the door to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer trying his midfielder in a different position.
Speaking on Sky Sports commentary as McTominay came on in the 64th minute against Brighton, Neville said: “Nemanja Matic does look resurrected in that red shirt.
“There was a period where he looked exposed in that midfield but with Fred, McTominay and now Pogba and Fernandes, he looks so much more comfortable again.
“I just watch McTominay play and I think of all that competition in midfield and I wonder whether he could be used as a centre-back.
“He’s got the aggression and he’s got the speed. His understanding of the game is pretty good and he’s still young.”
I think this is something worth taking on board for McTominay because he doesn’t want his game time cut. He also seems like a player who likes to learn and he’s always improving, so trying a different position may appeal to McTominay, and he has the attributes to play in defence.
However, McTominay probably likes getting forward but maybe then he should rewatch United’s FA Cup win over Norwich. Playing at centre-back didn’t stop Harry Maguire from being in the opponent’s half in extra time!
This is a player I see having a long career at United but he will always be against competition. He looks like someone that thrives on that.