By Darren Bent

10th Nov, 2019 | 5:15pm

Exclusive: Darren Bent claims 'Brilliant' Manchester United star has been 'Overhyped'

Darren Bent claimed that Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay had been a bit overhyped despite admitting he rated him.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former Premier League striker shared that he liked McTominay as he plays the game really well, but still noted he was overhyped.

McTominay started Manchester United’s 3-1 win over Brighton on Sunday and has played a total of 12 times in the Premier League this season.

Bent suggested he was happy to see the 22-year-old midfielder getting game time at Old Trafford as he stated that he was hoping the midfielder could stay in the team for as long as possible.

When asked whether McTominay being a key player for United, Bent told Football Insider: “He’s good, he’s a very good player, I mean I like him, I do think he plays the game really well but I think he has been overhyped just a little bit.

“His performances have been brilliant, I think he has been one of their main men, but I don’t think they’ve planned that to happen, it’s just happened.

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“Though listen, he has done very well, and hopefully he can be one of their central midfield players for as long as he can.”

McTominay has contributed two goals as well as one assist to the cause across all competitions this season, with United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer opting to deploy the 22-year-old as a defensive midfielder at times.

The Scotland international has risen through United’s youth ranks to feature for the first-team and is contracted to stay at Old Trafford until 2023.

In other Manchester United news, the Red Devils are closing monitoring two Leeds stars with their talent spotters having been impressed by the pair.