Scott McTominay was on the wrong end of a horrific challenge in the second minute at Old Trafford.
For some players, this could have ended their nights early. Scott McTominay is not built like that.
McTominay played all 90 minutes and helped United to dominate the game against a Southampton side who were reduced to 10 men.
McTominay scored one of United’s five second half goals, striking a low shot from long range, hitting it first time. It was a hard goal to score, and he made it look easy.
He is now up to five goals in all competitions for the season, just one fewer than Edinson Cavani and one more than Mason Greenwood.
McTominay touched the ball 93 times, completing an efficient 89.6 per cent of his passes.
But this game was about more than that. As the scoreline got higher and higher, McTominay was allowed to play a freer role and get forward as often as possible.
This resulted in him being in position at the edge of the box to smash in his goal after a poor Saints clearance as United poured forward.
McTominay won two aerial duels, two tackles and made one interception. He also created one chance.
So often the young Scot does not get the credit he deserves. After this performance, like the Leeds game, everybody ended the match impressed with McTominay’s efforts.
Solskjaer praised his resolve to bounce back from the horrific early tackle. He told the club website: “You don’t really see many of them tackles around anymore. I’m glad Scott is well. It looked like a bad one when he stayed down but he’s just got away with a couple of bruises.”
Here is a look at how fans reacted to McTominay’s strong all round display…