Erik ten Hag has been reminded once more of the Manchester United solution that he has not yet attempted.

Although Man United’s midfield problems have been well-documented, the international break has revealed an alternative that Ten Hag hasn’t considered.

Another international break means Manchester United supporters are wondering how Erik ten Hag can motivate Scott McTominay to perform better.

Although the midfielder has been outstanding for Scotland, he is only a minor player at Old Trafford. Despite West Ham United’s interest, United thought about selling the 26-year-old throughout the summer window.

With five victories in as many games, Scotland has had an outstanding start to their qualification campaign, leaving Spain in their wake. Their winning streak was further extended by their 3-0 victory over Cyprus on Friday night.

With his sixth goal in as many qualifying games, McTominay got things going in the first half. Similar contributions from the midfield would benefit United.

McTominay remarked in his post-game observations, “The manager allows me a lot of leeway to get into the box and perhaps make things happen. He has obviously placed a lot of trust in me, and I just want to get things done.

Due to Mason Mount’s injury, McTominay might offer Ten Hag the midfield solution he’s been looking for. The 26-year-old not only possesses the physical skills necessary to play as a box-to-box midfielder, but he can also show up and score goals.

McTominay hasn’t played much for his club, but Scotland manager Steve Clarke has always had great esteem for him.

“Scott and I have already discussed potential outcomes for the season a few times. It reminds me of Kieran [Tierney] from last year,” Clarke remarked.

“It’s crucial that they train and work extremely hard while they’re at a club but aren’t playing frequently, and when they do get the minutes, they put everything they have into succeeding.

“Everyone is unique. Billy and Kieran will handle it differently than Scott, but as long as they continue to represent Scotland in the same manner, we should be content.

McTominay gave Ten Hag yet another illustration of a position he may have held for United but hasn’t. He might not have a choice if the midfield issues continue.




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