Why did Solskjaer choose McTominay as the Man of the Match in United’s win over Tottenham?
Manchester United’s win over Tottenham Hotspur away from home featured various tweaks that resulted in the Red Devils’ first victory in four games. They responded admirably to their humbling defeat at Old Trafford against Liverpool.
Many people were surprised at who Ole Gunnar Solskjaer named Man of the Match, as it was completely unexpected. Although Cristiano Ronaldo was officially voted for the award, the Manager opted to chose Scott Mctominay as his best player in the game.
Fans were left a bit perplexed, but it was not surprising because the Scottish midfielder put in his best performance of the season. He was virtually everywhere on the pitch, thanks to Solskjaer’s adjustment to a back three formation, which gave him more freedom to roam forward.
He played the complete 90 minutes and had 64 touches of the ball, with a passing accuracy of 92% . He was there winning every tackle and laying off simple but effective passes, so it was a true box-to-box midfield effort from the player.
He completed 100% of his long balls and 100% of his aerial duels, while also winning 10 out of 17 ground duels and only losing possession eight times. He made two tackles, one interception, and two clearances.
It’s easy to see why Solskjaer singled him out as the team’s finest player in the game. The midfielder is a tireless worker and wasn’t static, as his heat map demonstrates. He attempted to participate in both offensive and defensive plays. He pressed hard and wisely, filling up any gaps created by teammates.
McTominay will thrive if Solskjaer retains this new back three formation because he won’t have to track back as much and the 3rd center-back will take care of that. However, we are starting to learn more about why Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho believe in his talent.