Man United manager Solskjaer chooses an unlikely man of the match vs SpursOctober 30, 2021
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hailed Scott McTominay as Manchester United’s man of the match in the 3-0 victory over Tottenham.
McTominay kept his place for the third successive game alongside Fred in midfield and helped United keep just their second clean sheet in the last 22 games.
The 24-year-old started in the first game of the season against Leeds but then underwent groin surgery and his performance level has dipped this season.
“Man of the match for me, by a mile,” Solskjaer said. “That’s the Scott we’ve seen a few times before. He’s had his injury, operation this season but today I thought he was absolutely brilliant, won his tackles, drove forward, kept the ball simple, switched play, headed away set-plays. Absolute top.”
Tottenham fans booed coach Nuno Espirito Santo, chanted ‘You don’t know what you’re doing’ when he substituted Lucas Moura and also sang, ‘We want Levy out’ – a reference to their unpopular chairman.
Spurs have already lost five times in the Premier League this term but, in spite of their issues, the manner of United’s win was impressive six days after the 5-0 humiliation by Liverpool at Old Trafford.
“It’s been a difficult week for the players, the fans, the club, for me,” Solskjaer added. “I’ve stayed away from most of the noise but you know what’s happening out there.
“You have to put a performance in, it’s the worst feeling if you lose a game but we needed this week, this whole week, this performance.
“And it’s probably the last time for a while we have a week to work on fitness, the mentality and we changed the tactics so it’s nice to have four days to do that.”