Scott McTominay is reportedly being courted by Manchester United to sign a new, longer-term contract.
West Ham has a long-term interest in the Scottish player and is in talks with the Red Devils about a deal during the summer transfer window. The player has long been linked to a move away from the club.
Though a transfer never happened, he has impressed Old Trafford officials this season, making 18 Premier League appearances and scoring five goals, including braces against Brentford and Chelsea.
Even though he has only played in 12 of the league’s 18 games this season as a substitute, Erik ten Hag’s use of him in more forward positions has helped to clarify his position on the squad.
The Sun claims that McTominay has gained the respect of Ten Hag and is now essential to the Dutchman’s future plans at the team, with United eager to activate a one-year contract extension for him.
Having barely turned 20 at the end of the 2016–17 season, McTominay made his debut for United and has since made 233 appearances for the team.
Having made his debut under Louis van Gaal and appearing for Jose Mourinho, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and Ten Hag, he has managed six teams, including interim coaches Michael Carrick and Ralf Rangnick.
Despite his inability to secure a starting spot over the years, he is a good value for the money, having graduated from United’s academy, and he has done a decent job representing the team when he has been engaged.
After a 0-0 tie with Liverpool at Anfield in December, the 27-year-old publicly defended his manager in the face of criticism during a bad run of play, calling him “great.”
Although it is unclear if McTominay, who is rumoured to be paid £60,000 a week, will sign the new contract, it is said that he and Harry Maguire are now essential to the team’s plans after nearly leaving in the summer because Sir Jim Ratcliffe wants to invest in British players.
After missing several weeks due to injury, Maguire has just recently resumed training. He looks to have earned a starting spot in the squad after dropping out of the starting lineup after losing the club captaincy.