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The Red Devils have experienced mixed results to the start of their Premier League campaign and sit fourth in the table before the international break.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to United has provided Solskjaer with additional goalscoring firepower, but the Red Devils’ midfield has come under criticism.
Solskjaer has frequently deployed McTominay and Fred as two holding midfielders, with the latter ruthlessly criticised for his role in Everton’s equaliser last Saturday.
United have not kept a clean sheet since their 1-0 win over Wolves in late August and have conceded seven times in their last six matches.
Robson has now insisted that McTominay is being held back by his role as a defensive midfielder at United and believes he can provide more to his side’s attacking threat.
“The coaches either want an attacking midfielder or a sitting midfielder, but I still think there are people out there who can do box to box,” he told the BBC.
“They’ve just got to work a little bit harder and get their finishing right. I think we have one at this club in Scott McTominay, I don’t think he just has to be a sitting midfield player and just class as a defensive player.
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“He’s scored seven goals last year and I think where maybe Scott can improve as a player is trying to get between 10 and 15 goals every season.
“If you’re a midfield player and stay away from injury, then you can achieve that. I think Scott’s got that in his locker.”
Former United player Luke Chadwick has praised McTominay for his “tremendous impact,” but he echoed Robson’s sentiments over his lack of attacking input.
United’s Premier League campaign will resume on 16th October with an away trip to the King Power for their clash with Leicester City.