Scotland head coach Steve Clarke has deployed Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay at centre-back – and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has followed suit.

The Norwegian manager was impressed by the Scotland international during a 5-1 Manchester United win over Leeds United on the opening day of the English Premier League season. McTominay has been in and out of pre-season at Old Trafford this summer after Euro 2020 excursions with Scotland in June.

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McTominay has now played centre-back for Manchester United. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

At the nation’s first major tournament since 1998, McTominay played a mix of centre-back and midfield. While deploying him in his natural position against Leeds, Solskjaer has been experimenting with a tactic Clarke first used in the Euro 2020 qualifiers.

He explained: “Scott running on, that was a big thing. He’s not played more than 20 minutes this pre-season and that was at centre-back.

 

“It was one of those where we kept him under wraps because we knew this was a big game for him. Scott is a beast physically. He can run all day and now he’s a proper man out there. I thought he was excellent.”

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