Dimitar Berbatov doesn’t understand why Scott McTominay hasn’t played for Manchester United recently with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer opting to play Nemanja Matic or Fred instead of the Scotland international.
Starting just four matches since the restart, McTominay was benched as the Reds lost 2-1 in their Europa League semi-final against Sevilla when Fred started — and played well — ahead of Matic.
Berbatov is of the view United are making a mistake leaving McTominay out.
“The defeat showed that United need to strengthen their squad this summer,” Berbatov told Betfair.
“They need a centre-back for sure. Midfield and up front seems to be OK. Paul Pogba looks likely to stay and I would like to see Scott McTominay get back in the team. But United need more depth, Ole made his first substitution very late last night [Sunday] when things weren’t going well.
“It does show he trusts his first eleven a lot, but maybe it shows he doesn’t trust his bench so much.
“There will be lots of games next season, and they need to have the squad to be ready. I find McTominay’s situation really strange. He is fit and ready, he got his contract extension, but he doesn’t play.
“Is it because Matic and Fred play really well? I am not sure, but I like him a lot, so hopefully he can pick up the pace next season and get back into the team.”