Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has praised midfielder Scott McTominay in the aftermath of the club’s 1-0 win over Leicester City at Old Trafford. The Red Devils took an early lead through a Marcus Rashford penalty in the eighth minute and thereafter put up a strong defensive display to restrict the Foxes from a clear sight of goal.
Speaking after the game, Solskjaer was pleased with the defensive resolve shown by the players following a run of three winless league games. He added to praise the performance of McTominay, who won his aerial duels while making the joint-most recoveries during the course of the game, he told: “I thought McTominay was excellent. He lost the ball a few times, but you expect that because he’s still learning his role. He goes into tackles and he’s a leader. I wouldn’t want to go into a 50-50 with him! I thought he did excellent all day.”
McTominay has produced a mixed bag in terms of the performances but he came up with the goods when it mattered the most. With Paul Pogba out with an ankle problem, McTominay had to gel with a new midfield partner in the form of Nemanja Matic but that was hardly a concern with the Scotsman coming up with key interceptions to keep the Foxes at bay.
With the win, United have jumped to the fourth position on the table and it remains to be seen whether they can build a winning streak together. The Red Devils’ immediate focus will shift to the Europa League where they are scheduled to host Astana on Thursday night. Thereafter, they have an away game against West Ham United and the game should be interesting to watch, considering the Hammers secured a comfortable 3-1 triumph at the London Stadium last term.