Manchester United suffered a 3-0 defeat against Bournemouth on Saturday and will seek redemption as they gear up for a Premier League clash against Liverpool on Sunday.
The absence of their captain, Bruno Fernandes, is anticipated as he serves a suspension after accumulating his fifth yellow card of the season in the match against Bournemouth.
Fernandes, who took over the captaincy from Harry Maguire, has been a topic of debate, with some pundits questioning his suitability to lead the team.
Jeff Stelling and Ally McCoist shared their opinions on talkSPORT, suggesting that Scott McTominay could potentially address the perceived leadership issues at Manchester United.
The 27-year-old midfielder has showcased his attacking prowess this season, leading the team in league goals with five.
McTominay has also contributed a goal and an assist in four Champions League games and had a notable performance in the 2024 European Championship qualifiers with seven goals and one assist in eight appearances.
Beyond his goal-scoring abilities, McTominay is recognized for his leadership qualities, both on the pitch and in the dressing room.
Despite this, it is unlikely that manager Erik ten Hag will change the captaincy again, as he recently made the decision to appoint Fernandes.
While Fernandes has faced criticism for his emotional reactions on the field, removing him from the captaincy may not be the definitive solution to Manchester United’s challenges.
The possibility of a new manager altering the leadership hierarchy exists, but Ten Hag is expected to continue in his role, supported by incoming co-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe, who is likely to give him the opportunity to prove himself.