Manchester United have been linked with a host of big-money signings to come in and partner Harry Maguire, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may have an alternative option already at the club. United have been relatively quiet in the transfer window with just over a week until the start of the new season.
Most of their focus has been on trying to complete a deal for Jadon Sancho.
Borussia Dortmund have so far stood firm at their £108million asking price with United reluctant to meet those demands.
The Bundesliga outfit are confident that Sancho will remain at the club for next season.
United now have had to move on to other transfer targets and they completed their first signing of the summer earlier this week with the acquisition of Donny van de Beek.
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Solskjaer now has a talented midfield three of Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba and Van de Beek that he could try and fit into the same system at Old Trafford.
That could be bad news for Scott McTominay though, who has impressed since breaking through the ranks at United.
McTominay often plays in a much deeper role in the midfield three, providing cover in front of the backline.
But the 23-year-old could well find game time in another position for United which in turn would help solve a transfer issue for Ed Woodward.
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The United executive vice-chairman has been on the hunt for a new central defender to partner Maguire, with Kalidou Koulibaly and Pau Torres touted as potential targets.
Neither player would come cheap though and would eat into the budget United have reserved to make a move for Sancho.
But Scotland boss Steve Clarke reminded Solskjaer that he has another defensive option he could call upon if need be.
For Scotland’s Nations League match against Israel, McTominay was deployed on the right side of a back three.
The United academy graduate was calm on the ball at the back while also putting in some steely defensive work.
It’s not the first time McTominay has been deployed in defence either.
Jose Mourinho occasionally named McTominay in the heart of defence during his time as United boss.
McTominay will almost certainly be regarded as a midfielder moving forward, but Solskjaer will undoubtedly be pleased to see the United star show off his versatility.
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