MANCHESTER — Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has branded Scott McTominay “undroppable” after the midfielder’s performance in the 2-1 win over Tottenham.
McTominay missed three games through injury but made himself available to face Spurs after completing just one training session 24 hours before kick-off.
“You can almost say he is undroppable at the moment,” said Solskjaer.
“The physical presence he gives us, the leadership he gives us in midfield, he also releases Fred.
“He trained yesterday [Tuesday] and that was just a light session with the reserves but he’s a tough boy.
“There was no chance he was going to say ‘no thanks’ if he felt OK.
“It’s probably the first time I’ve really really pushed players that haven’t had the foundation but he’s so fit anyway.”
Solskjaer also lauded the impact of Marcus Rashford, who scored both United goals to make it 12 in his last 13 games for club and country.
“The boy is 22 and he played like he was in his back yard or playground with his mates,” said Solskjaer.
“He’s played all the games, more or less this season. The boy is getting fitter and fitter, more and more experienced. What a performance. Two goals, he creates them himself, he should have had two more, bur for great saves by the keeper.”
United moved up to sixth in the table after ending a run of three games without a victory on Jose Mourinho’s return to Old Trafford.
With some questioning Solskjaer after the club’s worst start to a season since 1988-89, the win was a major boost.
“The three points are massive for us. We’ve had too many draws this season and given too many points away from winning positions,” Solskjaer said.
“We’ve made decisions that we had to and we’re looking to build this club to be better again and I can’t think short-term when I’m trying to do that,” he said.
“When we turn the corner and win three or four games on the run, they will get that Man United feeling again.”
Solskjaer faces another big test on Saturday when his team travel to the Etihad Stadium to face champions Manchester City and he may have to do it without Anthony Martial, who did not feature against Tottenham because of injury.
“I don’t know [about Martial] for Saturday — not sure,” said Solskjaer. “Of course, you want to have your first XI all the time. I’ve been able to do that once against Chelsea, maybe Wolves but it’s a squad game. With the injuries we’ve had it’s made it hard for us..”