Scott McTominay: Manchester United midfielder is ‘not the answer’, claims talkSPORT’s Adrian Durham
Scott McTominay earned rave reviews by many for his performance in Manchester United’s narrow defeat to Barcelona on Wednesday night, but talkSPORT’s Adrian Durham was far from convinced with the midfielder.
United failed to register a shot on target against the Catalan giants in their Champions League quarter-final first-leg tie, and have their work cut at the Camp Nou if they are to advance to the last four of the competition.
Durham felt the Scotland international was ‘okay’ on the night, but insists he is ‘not the answer’ in terms of the long term for the Red Devils.
Speaking on Drivetime, he said: “Scott McTominay did okay, but did he have that much of an impact? He wasn’t that influential.
“It all seems a bit like clutching at straws. People are just over glorifying the performance.
“He was probably United’s best player on the night, but they lost at the end of the day.
“He did okay. Did he make any defence splitting passes? Did he take the game by the scruff of its neck? No.
Scott McTominay v Barcelona
100% defensive aerials won
100% tackles won
80% pass accuracy
5 ball recoveries
3 fouls in middle third
“McTominay is a CBeebies version of Roy Keane. He’s a Power League version of Michael Carrick. And the Strawberry blonde equivalent to Paul Scholes.
“He is not the answer for Manchester United.”
Durham, as well as co-host Darren Gough, were both mystified at the plaudits that came United’s way on the back of the 1-0 defeat.
“I was very surprised by United’s performance and the reaction to it,” explained Durham.
“Is a 1-0 defeat suddenly good? If it is you’re losing perspective of what United needs to be.
“If you were listening to the commentary you’d think it was a brilliant performance from Manchester United and they were 5-0 up!
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“Ultimately though, Barcelona had United tangling on a string, it was a very professional display. They barely broke a sweat.
“There’s so much work for United to do – they are not very good. Maybe people got it wrong about Solskjaer after all. It’s all gone backwards since he got the job.
Gough added: “In cricket terms it was a net session. It was a stroll in the park for Barcelona.
“It felt like United were happy to lose that game 1-0 in the end.”
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