Scott McTominay will be a valuable player to Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as he continues his rebuild, according to Tony Cascarino.
Writing in his column for the Times, the talkSPORT host expressed his admiration for the Scotland international who has been ever-present for the Red Devils this season.
While Cascarino acknowledges United are a weaker side in midfield without the experienced Ander Herrera, who joined Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer in the summer, he believes academy product McTominay is an asset.
“They will miss the tenacity and ball-winning ability of Ander Herrera, but McTominay is a solid option in that defensive midfielder role,” he wrote.
“He’s not a world beater but will be a valuable player.
“United are a club who are going through a transition that will take years thanks to the neglect of the past few seasons.
“Solskjaer is putting them back on the right track and hard-working, committed young players like McTominay will be vital to helping him this season.”
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For his part, the player has backed himself to fill the void left by Herrera.
“That was my goal two years ago and last year,” McTominay said in the summer when asked if he can be a regular starter.
“That’s always been my goal. It’s my ambition to be a regular no.6, no.8, a box to box player – that’s my main ambition. It’s important that I really go for that now.
“Obviously there is an opportunity there and you’ve got to take it with both hands. Last year I had some decent performances and it’s important that I carry on from that.
“We’re in the Europa League this year and it’s important that I continue.”
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Former United boss Jose Mourinho is also a big fan of the 22-year-old, labelling him a ‘mad dog’ who is ‘afraid of nobody’ following an impressive display in a 1-0 defeat to Barcelona in April last season.
Meanwhile, Cascarino also moved to defend Solskjaer amid suggestions he won’t be in charge of the club this time next year.
“It’s really unfair that people think Ole Gunnar Solskjaer won’t last this season at Manchester United,” he added.
“His three summer signings — Daniel James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire — have all made promising starts and in Scott McTominay he has a good solution to his midfield problems.”