Mourinho's message to Rangers is right, Red Devils can't afford to loan McTominay to Leeds

Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay reacts after missing a penalty kick shootout against Real Madrid in the International Champions Cup match on July 23, 2017 in Santa Clara,...

Manchester United youngster Scott McTominay has been linked to Leeds.

Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay reacts after missing a penalty kick shootout against Real Madrid in the International Champions Cup match on July 23, 2017 in Santa Clara,...

The Mirror reported earlier this month that Manchester United were unwilling to sanction Glasgow Rangers' attempts to bring Scott McTominay to Ibrox on loan.

The reason for this was Jose Mourinho's desire to keep the youngster as an option for the rest of the season.

So surely yesterday's report in The Mail that Leeds United want to sign McTominay, sets the Whites up for their own failure.

This is quite simply because nothing has changed at Manchester United in the past fortnight, in fact McTominay is even more important.

Scott Mctominay #39 of Manchester United goes for the ball against Real Salt Lake during the International friendly game at Rio Tinto Stadium on July 17, 2017 in Sandy, Utah.

Manchester United's lack of depth in midfield was exposed against rivals Manchester City with star man Paul Pogba suspended.

It would only take one or two injuries to elevate McTominay into a more prominent role, and the fact he has already featured in the Champions League this season speaks volumes as to Jose Mourinho's faith in him.

Unless the Red Devils go out and sign a midfielder in January, they need to keep McTominay around for squad depth, and not loan him out to Leeds.

There is no guarantee McTominay would be used regularly at Leeds given their plethora of midfield options, and there's quite simply no need for Manchester United to change their stance, having already given a 'no' to Rangers.

 

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