Bryan Robson believes Scott McTominay can blossom for Manchester United into a box-to-box midfielder - and thinks the Scotland international can get 'between 10 and 15 goals a season' if he plays in that role
- Bryan Robson scored 99 goals in 461 matches for Manchester United
- He won two Premier Leagues, three FA Cups and a League Cup for the Red Devils
- Robson feels midfielders can too easily be seen as either defensive or attacking
- The Red Devils legend feels Scott McTominay can improve his finishing
- McTominay revealed in 2019 that he also sees himself in a more advanced role
Robson scored 99 goals in 461 games for the Red Devils across 13 seasons and won two Premier League titles, three FA Cups and a League Cup under Ron Atkinson and then Sir Alex Ferguson.
McTominay has predominantly featured as a sitting midfield player during his United career and Robson is keen to see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer give the 24-year-old an opportunity further up the pitch.
Bryan Robson shone as a box-to-box midfielder - and thinks Scott McTominay can do the same
Robson won two Premier League titles, three FA Cups and one League Cup with the Red Devils
McTominay has played as a deep-lying midfielder this season and hasn't got off the mark yet
'I think coaches either want an attacking midfield player or they want a sitting midfield player, but I still think that there's people out there that can do box to box and they've just got to work a little bit harder on getting the finishing right and I think we've got one at this club - Scott McTominay.
'I don't think he has to be a sitting midfield player and just be classed as a defending midfield player.
'He scored seven goals last year and I think where maybe Scott can improve as a player is just to try and get to anywhere between 10 and 15 goals a season and as a central midfield player, if you stay away from injury, then you can achieve that and I think Scott's got that in his locker.'
McTominay has yet to hit the back of the net so far this season and is part of a back three for Scotland's crucial World Cup qualifier against Israel on Saturday.
The 24-year-old scored seven times last term - including a double in the 6-2 win over Leeds
McTominay is in a back three on Saturday as Scotland face Israel in a World Cup qualifier
Steve Clarke's side sit second, seven points adrift of runaway leaders Denmark and one point ahead of their next opponents, with a runners-up spot in the group ensuring progress to the play-offs.
Speaking in 2019, the Carrington graduate did touch on what Robson has mentioned and expressed a desire to play further forward.
'It's my ambition to be a regular number six, number eight, a box-to-box player. That's always been my goal,' he revealed.
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