Scholes says McTominay is ‘not good’ in the position Man Utd have used him in

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes believes Scott McTominay should not be deployed in front of the backline.

After a difficult start to the season, McTominay has impressed in Erik ten Hag’s side’s victories over Liverpool and Southampton – even if he was fortunate to not give away a penalty against the Saints. The Scottish international has primarily been played as a defensive midfielder, although he does enjoy the odd foray forward when United are on a counterattack.

His place in the starting eleven has been placed into jeopardy by Casemiro’s big money move from Real Madrid. And while the Brazilian was brought on for his debut alongside the United academy ace, Scholes believes McTominay’s role should be different.

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“I think Scott’s better going forward, he’s been asked to play in that midfield role,” Scholes said after United’s 1-0 away victory against the Saints. “I don’t think he’s that good at it and I don’t think Fred’s good at it either.

“They’re both better going forward and with Casemiro, having that player who plays the position brilliantly next to you or behind you is invaluable. I had [Michael] Carrick, Roy Keane.

“It gives you freedom. I don’t want to think about defending because I know who’s next to me or behind me is in the right place to control, it’s an insurance policy.

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“All you’re thinking about it is, ‘I’m attacking, I want to score goals’.” Former Liverpool and Tottenham forward Peter Crouch also believes Casemiro should take McTominay’s place as the midfield anchor.

“He’ll [Casemiro] be an important cog in that,” Crouch added. “They probably needed to strengthen that area.

“If you want to get back to Manchester United of winning titles they’re going to need to be stronger than they are now. United travel to Leicester City in their next match, before hosting Arsenal in the proceeding fixture.

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