Diogo Dalot insists that Erik ten Hag needs a player like Scott McTominay at his disposal, months after the Manchester United manager admitted he was up for sale last summer. McTominay came up clutch again for the Red Devils on Sunday, netting a late winner against Aston Villa in a crucial clash at Villa Park.
The 27-year-old has lost his regular starting berth after Kobbie Mainoo’s electric emergence but he continues to make an impact off the bench.
McTominay’s header against Villa was his eighth goal of the season, a tally only bettered by United’s top goalscorer, Rasmus Hojlund (11).
His seven Premier League strikes have won Ten Hag’s side 12 points this term, more than any other player ahead of Son Heung-min’s 10 and Dominic Solanke’s nine.
After full-time, Dalot, who provided his third assist of the season for the monumental goal, waxed lyrical about McTominay’s role in the current United squad.
“I think I have the ability to do it [get more assists]. I still think I can get even more, so hopefully in the future, yeah,” Dalot explained.
“I think every time he [McTominay] comes on the pitch, he has that mentality of trying to score goals and trying to help the team.
“We need this type of mentality at this club – and I think he is the perfect person to show this season that even coming from the bench, he always has a good impact.”
McTominay has spared Ten Hag’s blushes more than the Dutchman would’ve liked in his second season as United boss.
The Red Devils rejected a £30million bid from West Ham United last summer but would’ve sanctioned his sale if their £40m valuation was met.
After the Scotland international incredibly scored twice from the bench in stoppage time to turn a 1-0 defeat against Brentford into a 2-1 win at Old Trafford earlier this season, Ten Hag admitted he was ready to cash in.