Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has found the perfect role for Scott McTominay.
The midfielder has bagged seven goals and two assists in all competitions this season.
He is also the leading goalscorer for Man United in the Premier League.
With numerous players injured, Ten Hag started McTominay nine consecutive times in the league from late October to December.
Kobbie Mainoo’s emergence and the return of Casemiro and Christian Eriksen has restricted McTominay’s game time.
The United manager has used him as an impact substitute lately, and the change has worked well for the team.
McTominay could be Man United’s ‘super-sub’
The Academy graduate took just a little over a minute to restore the Red Devils’ two-goal cushion over Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux.
McTominay earned an assist in United’s 3-0 victory over West Ham United on Sunday.
He nicked the ball off Kalvin Phillips in midfield and pushed it wide for Alejandro Garnacho to put it past Lukasz Fabianski.
McTominay was the hero against Brentford earlier in the season, scoring twice in injury time to win the game 2-1 for United.
Ten Hag gave a consistent run to the €28 million-rated star in the starting XI in the number eight role.
However, his presence imbalanced the midfield and forced Bruno Fernandes to do too much defensive work.
Using McTominay as a substitute is a better idea as he offers physicality and ball-carrying ability.
His presence in the box also helps the Red Devils to deal with aerial threats during set-pieces.
The 27-year-old has an eye for a goal and could be dangerous with his late runs into the opposition’s box.
Ten Hag could morph McTominay into a box-to-box midfielder who comes off the bench to bring energy and industry to the pitch.
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