Solskjaer hails McTominay showing
Scott McTominay has received special plaudits from manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for his ‘impressive’ performance during Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.
Despite receiving a first-half yellow card, the Scot worked hard in midfield in tandem with Fred and the pair’s application to the press and positional discipline helped shackle the home side’s talisman, Neymar, building a solid platform for the Reds to complete a memorable Group H victory.
The 23-year-old’s showing was even more remarkable as, according to his boss, he went about his duties for the majority of the opening 45 minutes with limited vision.
“Scotty played the first half with one eye as well, that was the most impressive thing, because he lost his contact lens,” Solskjaer told reporters after the final whistle at the Parc des Princes.
“That was impressive.”
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McTominay added on Instagram:
“Big boy win! Thankfully, I had my contact lens back in when Marcus Rashford scored. The team were different class.”
It wasn’t the first time McTominay and his Brazilian midfield partner have excelled in the French capital.
The dynamic duo completed the full 90 minutes – as they did on Tuesday – back in March 2019 to help United to that miraculous round-of-16 comeback win.
Solskjaer believes our 2020/21 success in Paris was more convincing – and, as at Newcastle over the weekend, his midfield pivot was key to achieving victory.
“It’s a better performance this time than last, even though we won 3-1 [in 2009],” added Ole.
“The performance this time, we showed we have developed. Scott and Fred were outstanding.
“They're in good form now. They're good players and played really well against Newcastle, they laid the foundation for the win in that game and laid the foundation for today as well.”