‘He’s almost undroppable’: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer heaps praise on Scott McTominay after starring midfield display on injury return in Manchester United’s win over Tottenham
- Manchester United bounced back from two draws as they beat Tottenham 2-1
- Marcus Rashford’s brace secured a win to ease pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
- Scott McTominay impressed for the Red Devils and helped control the midfield
- Solskjaer said he is ‘the kind of player I want at this club’ after his performance
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Scott McTominay is an indispensable member of his side after his starring midfield role in the win against Tottenham and believes he ‘knows what Manchester United means’.
The Red Devils eased the pressure on the under-fire Norwegian by beating Spurs on Jose Mourinho’s return to Old Trafford, and McTominay was dominant in midfield to help his side pick up a valuable three points.
Marcus Rashford scored a brace either side of Dele Alli’s superb flick finish to secure the three points as United moved up to sixth in the table.
Scott McTominay celebrates Manchester United’s win over Tottenham with Ashely Young
Dele Alli attempts to put a foot in on the 22-year-old, who excelled in midfield alongside Fred
Scottish international McTominay had been out with an ankle injury for the last month but returned to the starting line up to boost Solskjaer’s ranks, and provided a new energy for the team to frustrate Spurs.
And Solskjaer was keen to stress the importance of the 22-year-old, saying he would find it difficult to drop the star after his ‘top class’ display.
‘You can almost say he [McTominay] is undroppable at the moment,’ he said after the game. ‘I wasn’t gonna try to push him through for this game. The physical presence he gives us, the leadership he gives us in midfield also releases Fred.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says McTominay is exactly the type of player he looks for at Man United
‘I thought Fred was excellent today and maybe the one chance [Spurs] had he blocked. First class, they are a good partnership.’
United have not been able to call upon midfielder Paul Pogba, who has been out since September, but Solskjaer was relieved to have McTominay back in contention and he praised his natural fitness to slot back in despite a lack of game time since he returned to training.
‘He trained yesterday and that was just a light session with the reserves, but he’s a tough boy.
McTominay was dominant in midfield for the Red Devils and brought a new energy to the team
There’s no chance he’s gonna say “no thanks” if he felt okay, so it’s probably the first time I’ve really really pushed players that haven’t had the foundation but he’s so fit anyway.’
His dynamism was crucial for United as he made three interceptions, two tackles and ten ball recoveries – a performance Solskjaer hailed as ‘top class’, saying his attitude was exactly what he looks for in a Manchester United player.
‘He was absolutely top class, you didn’t expect anything else, because see a boy doing everything right every single day in training, and he prepares properly and they’re the boys you wanna have in the team.
Solskjaer praised the performances of McTominay and Fred as they frustrated Tottenham
‘He’s so professional, he’s not tainted by any superstar or fame, he just wants to become the best footballer he can be and that’s the people I want in this club.
‘He would’ve suited my squad when I played, he would’ve fit right in that squad because he’s come through the academy, he’s one of ours, he’s one of the locals and knows what Man United means.’
It doesn’t get any easier after coming through a tough Spurs test, as United will travel to the Etihad on Saturday to face champions and rivals Manchester City.
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