Jose Mourinho is no stranger to making some eyebrow-raising decisions, and he did so on Saturday when he selected his Manchester United team to take on West Ham United at the London Stadium.
The experienced coach opted to play three at the back, with Luke Shaw and Ashley Young on the flanks either side.
Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof were selected as part of the trio, but the surprise addition was Scott McTominay.
The 21-year-old usually plays in central midfield, but Mourinho decided to take a risk and position the youngster as a right centre-back.
Overall, United struggled to impose their game at the Stratford-based stadium and they did not muster a single shot on target in the first half.
In the end, the Red Devils lost 3-1, with Felipe Anderson opening the scoring for the Hammers and Victor Lindelof inadvertently sending the ball into his own net.
Marcus Rashford managed to give United a lifeline, but it failed to inspire a comeback as Marko Arnautovic wrapped up the win for West Ham.
On Twitter, plenty of United fans were left scratching their heads over why McTominay was played in defence given that recognised centre-back Eric Bailly was on the bench.
Scott McTominay’s just horrendous. doesn’t deserve to be anywhere near the first team #MUFC
— ㅤㅤ (@itswazzz) September 29, 2018
Just remember we have Eric Bailly on the bench and we’re playing McTominay at CB. This loss is 100% on Mourinho. #MUFC
— andy barlow (@NWCFLPREM) September 29, 2018
Scott McTominay shouldn’t be anywhere near the first team in my opinion #mufc
— MUFC ? (@TrueUtdFans) September 29, 2018
Eric Bailly is our best defender and was left on the bench for midfielder Scott McTominay who had a shocking game..
— Reppin Utd ? (@ReppinUnited) September 29, 2018
“Scott Mctominay at Centre Back” will be engraved on Jose’s gravestone at Old Trafford #MUFC
— Nicholas Mulcahy (@nickmulcahy1) September 29, 2018
Not only that, imagine being Eric Bailly and thinking to yourself the manager prefers McTominay over him in the defence! “IN THE DEFENCE”!! https://t.co/bnOCpYctt2
— Rohan Nimbal (@rohan_mufc) September 29, 2018
— Youssef Ismail (@youssefismail10) September 29, 2018
Playing Mctominay ahead of Bailly was criminal in today’s game. #mufc
— ♦️Jordan♦️ (@J_Woodhead_) September 29, 2018