Manchester United star informs he wants to leave if situation changes

Manchester United fans display their scarfs in the stands.

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Manchester United missed countless chances in the opening period against Everton, giving the Old Trafford crowd flashbacks of their early dominance against Southampton in February, where they were held to a goalless draw following Casemiro’s sending-off.

While the defensive midfielder’s dismissal on that day changed the game for the worse, the goal on Saturday afternoon from Casemiro’s replacement helped United collect all three points.

Scott McTominay’s smashing opener was followed by Anthony Martial’s simple finish to make it 2-0, ending Everton’s four-game unbeaten run.

Apart from his precise finishing – which was also on show during the March international break – the Scotland international also enjoyed the midfield battle against Amadou Onana and Idrissa Gueye.

McTominay wants regular football at Manchester United

In his post-match interview with BT Sport, Erik ten Hag lauded the midfielder, who was also impressive in United’s 1-0 win over Brentford during the mid-week.

Ten Hag said: “Great player, great personality. So happy I have him in my squad – he gives all his energy, never gives up, so it’s great.”

However, despite the Dutch coach’s praise, McTominay will return to the bench, with Casemiro set to return to action after his four-game suspension.

And with United interested in signing a new midfielder in the summer transfer window, McTominay is expected to get even fewer starting minutes next season. But it is understood he’s not willing to accept a lesser role.

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According to Football Insider’s Transfer correspondent Pete O’Rourke, the Scotland star has informed the Manchester United board that he wants to leave at the end of the season if he’s dropped further down the manager’s pecking order.

Newcastle United have been heavily linked with McTominay and even expressed their interest in signing him back in January. Manchester United, however, had no intention to talk with a rival for a Champions League spot.