Scott McTominay has been conspicuous by his absence from the Manchester United first team this season.

He has played just 20 minutes of football in late substitute appearances in wins over Leicester City and Watford.

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Crucially there have been no starts, a disappointment considering last season he made nine.

McTominay’s time will come, and this week it is likely to change.

The young Scot is expected to feature in some capacity in United’s midweek Carabao Cup clash with Derby County.

Fresh challenges

It is obvious this season that McTominay is finding it tougher for game time, and that is due to increased competition.

New summer signing Fred has been added to the mix, along with returning loanee Andreas Pereira.

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Both players along with Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera will be hoping to get starts in midweek, with Paul Pogba the only certainty to be rested.

McTominay has played the fewest minutes of all of them, and he needs the game time the most.

The 20-year-old was last season’s breakout star, and is at risk of becoming a forgotten figure as he falls down the pecking order.

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A strong performance in midweek, from the start or off the bench, will boost his chances of getting game time in the Premier League and catching the eye of manager Jose Mourinho once again.

Last season he showed he can be a player Mourinho trusts, and after mixed performances this season United need to consider shaking it up.