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Against West Ham, the Man United star may defend the team’s £30 million transfer decision.

Scott McTominay may have been wearing claret and blue on Saturday at the London Stadium in a not-too-distant parallel universe.

There could have been joyous reunions in the run-up to Manchester United’s Premier League match against West Ham, with David Moyes taking on his old team and McTominay playing his childhood squad.

McTominay’s future at United was up in the air until the last moments of the summer transfer window, and West Ham emerged as the front-runner.

He was available even though Old Trafford had added several midfielders.

Moyes approved a £30 million bid in August, eager to sign the Scottish midfielder.

But Kobbie Mainoo’s preseason injury made United wary of making a snap sale that might later be regretted. They consequently turned down West Ham’s offer, and the transfer was never completed.

McTominay’s early-season effect was lessened by United’s acquisition of Mason Mount and Sofyan Amrabat during the summer.

When he was benched in the August loss to Tottenham, questions about his future with the team began to surface. According to Gary Neville, he was being “managed out.”

McTominay’s fortunes turned around with two pivotal goals against Brentford, despite his inconsistent starts.

He has since started 13 of the previous 14 games, making him United’s best player.

McTominay stood up in times of success and hardship. His objectives on the field were crucial, and he had the guts to speak out about problems in the media.

Following a crushing 3-0 loss to Manchester City in November, McTominay openly backed his manager Ten Hag as criticism grew.

In addition to becoming a consistent starter, he also took up the role of captain when Bruno Fernandes and the injured Harry Maguire were not available.

“I think he is one of the examples of what it means to play for Manchester United, to play with the badge on his heart,” Ten Hag said, praising McTominay’s dedication.

That serves as an illustration. And since the others are able to handle that, they can build upon him.

August and the imminent likelihood of McTominay joining West Ham stand in sharp contrast to this. Retaining him was a lucky break for his manager, and he would want to prove it to them when he takes the field on Saturday—not as captain, but still wearing a red shirt.

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