On Friday night, the talented midfielder scored his sixth goal of European qualifying, yet he is still a substitute for Man United.
Gary Lineker thinks it is “nuts” that Scott McTominay is so productive for Scotland but doesn’t play much for Manchester United. He feels his lack of playing time will lead to interest from other teams in future transfer windows.
On Friday night, Scotland once more used McTominay in the goal as they defeated Cyprus 3-0 in their Euro 2024 qualifying match. Six minutes in, the 26-year-old raced into the box and headed in at the near post after John McGinn flicked on Andy Robertson’s cross.
It was the United midfielder’s sixth goal of European qualifying, tying him for the most goals with Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku and Denmark’s Rasmus Hojlund. He surpasses the competition with the single most goal involvements of the three after his assist on Friday night.
In contrast to his club commitments, McTominay can hardly be seen at United. Lineker also thinks the midfielder might be acquired in January.
“I notice Scott McTominay playing and getting in the box a lot,” Lineker said on the podcast The Rest Is Football. He scored two goals against Cyprus in the first game, and he did so again in this one.
“He leads the qualification scoring. It’s absurd that he isn’t getting much of a look at Manchester United. Surely, someone will pursue him.
This season, McTominay has played for United for just nine minutes, coming off the bench in the closing seconds of victories over Wolves and Nottingham Forest. Despite manager Erik ten Hag suffering from a number of injuries in that region, the Scotland international has continued to struggle to find playing time.
Mason Mount hoped to be healthy again in time to play against Bayern Munich the following week after missing the final two games before the break. Sofyan Amrabat, on the other hand, had to withdraw from representing Morocco due to a small problem, but he hopes to make his debut this weekend against Brighton.
Kobbie Mainoo, who has been out the entire season due to an ankle injury sustained in preseason, is also getting closer to returning to fitness.