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West Ham United Tipped To Sign This Manchester United Midfielder: Should Moyes Launch A Move?

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Abhinab Ghosh
A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

In a recent edition of The Rest Is Football podcast, Micah Richards tipped West Ham United to sign Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay. Richards said,

“West Ham we said, wasn’t it? It was West Ham. Yeah.

“I just think he’s a really intelligent, hard-working midfielder who can do a job whatever you tell him.

“It’s just the chaos that happens at Manchester United and because of the players they’ve had in the past they’re always comparing him to, ‘Oh, when we had [Roy] Keane or [Paul] Scholes,’ these sort of midfielders it’s always going to be difficult.

“But there is a player in there, I think he’s fantastic.”

McTominay’s Impressive Form At Old Trafford Last Season

McTominay had a solid campaign at the Theatre of Dreams recently as he served as an important member of Erik ten Hag’s midfield department. The 26-year-old scored three times and secured one assist in 39 matches for the Red Devils last season in various competitions.

The Scottish talent anchored the midfield with conviction and did well to average 1.3 tackles, 0.6 interceptions and 1.9 clearances per 90 minutes in the Premier League. He was even accurate when distributing possession from midfield after completing 82.9% of his attempted passes in the English first division (stats via whoscored).

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LARNACA, CYPRUS – SEPTEMBER 08: Scott McTominay of Scotland celebrates after scoring the team’s first goal during the UEFA EURO 2024 European qualifier match between Cyprus and Scotland at AEK Arena on September 08, 2023 in Larnaca, Cyprus. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Should West Ham United Boss David Moyes Launch A Move For McTominay?

McTominay loves a tackle and can time his challenges well to secure possession back for his side at the centre of the park. He is usually quick to spot the danger and doesn’t mind clearing his lines when the opposition are on the front foot.

The Scottish sensation can win his fair share of aerial duels and is a good passer of the ball as well. Hence, he is more than capable of serving as a valuable piece in West Ham boss David Moyes’ match-day squad.

At 26, McTominay is about to enter his prime and could make an instant impact at the London Stadium. Thus, the East London giants should focus on launching a move for the Man United midfield ace when the transfer window reopens at the start of next year. He already knows the Premier League well and won’t take much time to settle into Moyes’ brand of football at West Ham.

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