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Jeff Stelling: Scott McTominay may be the answer to Manchester United leadership issue

Manchester United were beaten 3-0 by Bournemouth on Saturday and will be hoping to bounce back when they return to Premier League action to face Liverpool on Sunday.

The Red Devils will be without their captain Bruno Fernandes after he was suspended for picking up his fifth yellow card of the season against the Cherries.

The Portuguese has proven to be a divisive choice since replacing Harry Maguire as the Man United skipper, and several pundits have insisted he does not have what it takes to lead the team.

Jeff Stelling and Ally McCoist have also weighed in with their opinions on talkSPORT, claiming Scott McTominay could be the answer to the perceived leadership shortcomings at Man United.

The 27-year-old has become an attacking threat this term, bagging the most league goals (five) in the club.

McTominay has also notched a goal and an assist in four Champions League games and ended the 2024 European Championship qualifiers with seven goals and one assist in eight appearances.

Apart from his recent impact in the final third, the midfielder also has the leadership qualities to guide Man United on the pitch and in the dressing room.

However, manager Erik ten Hag is unlikely to change his captain again having only recently done so.

Fernandes has not covered himself in glory with some of his emotional outbursts and reactions on the pitch, but relieving him of the captaincy may not be the answer the Red Devils need for their problems.

A new manager could look to ring the changes in the leadership hierarchy, but Ten Hag is expected to remain in charge until further notice, with incoming co-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe likely to give him the chance to prove himself.