Glaring comparison made as Man Utd star looks ‘lost’ under Ten Hag, with transfer becoming likely

Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes and Scott McTominay

A pundit thinks there is a big difference between the performances of Scott McTominay for Scotland and for Manchester United, and the midfielder could be considering a transfer away from Old Trafford as a result.

McTominay made his Scotland debut in March 2018 and has gone on to play 36 times with their national team. He played a full 90 minutes in both of Scotland’s victories during the current international break, as they beat Ukraine and the Republic of Ireland.

McTominay has largely kept his spot in the Manchester United midfield, even though they are now managed by Erik ten Hag.

The Dutchman has given McTominay starts in United’s last four Premier League matches. The 25-year-old played 45 minutes in the Champions League win over Sheriff Tiraspol, too.

However, there is good reason to suggest McTominay’s best performances this season have come in a Scotland shirt, rather than for United.

He is at the heart of the action while on national team duty. In contrast, some games can pass McTominay by when he represents United.

Frank McAvennie, who won five caps for Scotland in the 1980s, thinks McTominay looks ‘lost’ when playing in Ten Hag’s system at United. And the pundit has tipped McTominay to consider a transfer elsewhere so he can have a bigger impact on matches.

“He’s just played two great games for Scotland where he was sitting just in front of the back four,” McAvennie said during an interview with Football Insider.

Scott McTominay is ‘lost’ at Man Utd – pundit

“That’s his position but he looks a wee bit lost at Man United. It just shows what he can do. He’s never going to be a [Paul] Pogba who can just turn on and do things at the drop of a hat. McTominay doesn’t do that, he’s a steady player, just goes along.

“He’s proven he can definitely play for Scotland and he’s enjoying it. Maybe he’s not happy at Man United, maybe it’s time for him to leave.

“I really don’t know what the solution is because his form for Scotland is much better than what it is for Man United. Why would you be like that? Man United are supposed to be one of the biggest clubs but obviously they’re not clicking, it’s terrible.”

It wouldn’t be surprising if Ten Hag replaced McTominay in the near future. After all, he has Casemiro available to him following the Brazilian’s summer switch from Real Madrid.

Christian Eriksen is also in the squad. And the former Tottenham man has been one of United’s best players this term.

McTominay has a few possible options if he does wish to leave United. Newcastle and West Ham are admirers of his and may reignite their interest next year.

Club legend Paul Scholes is happy now Eriksen has come into the side. This is because he provides more going forward than McTominay and Fred.

“Maybe I was a bit harsh on Scott and Fred. But they were just back to goal all the time,” Scholes said recently.

“Forward players facing their goal, it’s a waste of time. You should be on the half-turn, so I can still see you [the player passing], but I can see my forward as well.

“Playing round the corner, you saw Casemiro do it, Eriksen does it all the time.”

Meanwhile, two Manchester United players are reportedly battling it out for an iconic club role as a big name prepares to leave the side.