Solskjaer raves about man of the match McTominay performance vs Spurs
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reserved special praise for his midfield general, Scott McTominay, following his dominant man of the match performance against Spurs.
Nobody was hurting more than McTominay following Manchester United’s embarrassing performance against Liverpool last Sunday.
But the 24-year-old academy graduate used all his built up frustration and anger to produce an all-conquering display at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
His display resulted in him being lauded by his manager after the game.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Solskjaer said on McTominay: “He was Man of the Match. By a mile.
“That’s the Scott we’ve seen many times before, you know. He’s had his injuries, he’s had an operation this season but today I thought he was absolutely brilliant.
“He won his tackles, drove forward, kept the ball simple, switched play, headed away a few set-plays, so [he was] absolutely top.”
Formation helps aggressive McTominay shine at Spurs
Solskjaer switched to a 3-5-2 in an attempt to combat his side’s abysmal defensive record.
Having Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire and the returning Raphael Varane behind him, allowed McTominay to be aggressive and the freedom to impose himself on the Tottenham side.
Playing alongside Fred, Spurs didn’t have the energy to match United’s hard-working midfield duo which meant we won countless turnovers and wrestled back control of possession.
One area of McTominay’s performance which was a welcome return to witness was his driving runs from deep that turned defence into attack within seconds.
The Scot would have added an assist to his name if Cristiano Ronaldo would have delayed his run in behind the Tottenham defence in the second half by a fraction of a second.
United’s number 39 played an inch-perfect pass into the 36-year-old, who then lashed an unstoppable piledriver into the top corner passed a statuesque Hugo Lloris, who was relieved to see the linesman’s flag and VAR rule the goal out.
McTominay finished with 64 touches and completed 36 of his 39 attempted passes (92%), three of which were successful long balls (SofaScore).
McTominay relished having Luke Shaw high up the pitch on the left-hand side and he constantly used our wing-back as an outlet, spraying the ball out to the England international.
He completed all three of his attempted dribbles with his lung-busting runs from deep and won 10 ground duels.
United’s midfield marvel also made four tackles, two clearances and one interception.
With big games to follow against Atalanta and Manchester City, McTominay’s return to his best form couldn’t have been timed any better.
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