After Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed that Scott McTominay would be ruled out for the coming weeks, there may have been some worry and consternation over how Manchester United would deal with the Scotland international’s absence.
The midfielder has been a feature in the middle of the park for the Red Devils, featuring 21 times across all competitions. He has become one of Solskjaer’s trusted lieutenants, and him missing out over the New Year would have struck them as a bitter blow.
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But whilst they potentially search around the transfer market for reinforcements in that area, United do have one man who is perfectly suited to the Premier League and its rigours in Nemanja Matic. The Serbia international has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford, with La Liga giants Atletico Madrid rumoured to be a potential destination.
But whilst the Red Devils may have been considering to let him go, McTominay’s injury should certainly make them reconsider that stance. The 31-year-old has a career average of 2.5 tackles and 1.8 interceptions per game, and his Premier League experience with both United and Chelsea means that he still represents a far safer option than someone like James Garner.
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Whilst the latter has come through the club’s academy, it is difficult to see him being thrust straight into the United line-up when the stakes are beginning to intensify greatly. Being able to call upon someone like Matic gives them a bit of a security net.
The Red Devils should see this as last chance saloon for Matic and give him the opportunity to see if he can prove his worth whilst McTominay is out. One man’s loss is another man’s gain. And that could well be the revival of the £18m-rated midfielder’s career.