Scott McTominay’s fantastic performance for Scotland against England earned wide applause. It was not just Scottish fans singing his praises.

Former Manchester United midfielder Mickey Thomas made the declaration on social media he would rather have McTominay than Declan Rice.

Rice has been linked to United by The Mirror among others. But West Ham have a ludicrous £100 million price tag on him [Independent].

Thomas suggests United have no need to pay this when McTominay is available.

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Do United need Rice?

Rice is seen as more of a specialised defensive midfielder than McTominay.

McTominay can get up and down the pitch and offers more from a goalscoring perspective. He does however lack the defensive discipline Rice has in midfield.

Last night for Scotland against England, McTominay was playing as part of a back three. He did really well, helping to earn a 0-0 draw.


United do need a defensive midfielder. A true specialist lie Ngolo Kanke would help make each of Paul Pogba, Fred, and McTominay better players.

Whether Rice is really that player is another debate. While England kept a clean sheet against Scotland, he did not particularly stand out, not demonstrate why he is a £100 million player in this game.

A lot of the debate about Rice is his potential, he’s still only 22. Can ever be worth the money West Ham want? Probably not. As a homegrown player of their own, you can understand their reluctance to sell.

United do need a defensive midfielder. But the club should look elsewhere, at more cost-effective options.

Some, like Thomas – who played for United from 1977 to 1981, may even prefer to see McTominay pushed into the role than paying up for Rice.

McTominay might not be a better defensive midfielder than Rice, but you can understand the sentiment that the Hammers star is not that big a difference over the Scot that United should blow a club record fee on him.

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