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Scott McTominay: Man Utd midfielder agrees with Premier League presenter amid January exit rumours



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Scott McTominay is currently the joint-top goalscorer in European Championship qualifying after he scored another goal for Scotland on Friday.

The Manchester United midfielder has six goals – the same amount as club teammate Rasmus Hojlund – in the tournament so far and is a major reason why The Scots are eyeing qualification for the tournament.

McTominay’s form for his country has brought up questions and comparisons to his time at Old Trafford, where he’s rarely been able to show those abilities in his more defensive role.

Former Barcelona striker and current BBC presenter Gary Lineker has noted the midfielder’s role for Scotland and believes that there will be suiters if Erik ten Hag continues against using him.

“I notice Scott McTominay playing and getting in the box a lot,” Lineker told The Rest Is Football podcast. “He scored again in this game, he scored a couple in the game first time against Cyprus.

“He’s top scorer in qualifying. It’s nuts, yet he’s not really getting a look in at Manchester United. Someone will go for him surely?”

McTominay has echoed Lineker’s interpretation of his role for Scotland after the midfielder explained that manager Steve Clark has afforded him to play in a more advanced position.

“The manager gives me a lot of freedom to get into the box and potentially make things happen,” he said.

“Obviously he has shown a lot of faith in me and I just want to make things happen.”

McTominay had interest from various clubs in the summer transfer window and United seemed to be keen to let him leave for the right price but their £40 million tag was not entertained at the time.

Since then, reports from Nizaar Kinsella have stated that it is likely that United will place the midfielder on the market again when the January transfer window opens.

Fulham were one of the clubs with interest in McTominay last month but you would assume João Palhinha’s future would have a part to play in whether they open up talks again.

The Portuguese midfielder was close to a move to Bayern Munich on deadline day before the deal collapsed.