Scott McTominay credits Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with masterminding Man United win
Scott McTominay has his say on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's tactics for the Manchester derby
Scott McTominay has revealed that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer drilled his Manchester United players so they knew “exactly” how they wanted to play during their 2-1 win over Manchester City on Saturday.
The Red Devils produced an impressive performance away from home as they sealed a victory against the defending champions thanks to goals from Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.
The win was a welcome one for the Red Devils, and it moved them up into fifth place in the Premier League table on the back of their victory over Tottenham Hotspur last time out.
Manchester United earned lots of praise for their strong display at The Etihad on Saturday night, and midfielder McTominay has now revealed that he feels that Solskjaer’s tactics gave them the perfect platform for the victory.
Speaking in an interview with Sky Sports after the game, McTominay said: “Going into the game we knew exactly how we wanted to play and that first 30 minutes epitomised everything we spoke about in the meetings in the build up to the game. It’s just nice to have one pay off.
“It was always going to be difficult. They’re a top team with some world-class players in there and you have got to deal with them, but I thought in the first 30 minutes, in particular, we were frightening on the break.
“It gives you the platform to go and attack the game as well. We were good on the ball and we withstood some tremendous pressure in the second half as well which will stand us in good stead for the games to come.
“We’ve had so many games where we’ve just fallen short and we’ve been unfortunate with some results, but that shows you’ve just got to keep working hard as well.
“It was tough. When you’re withstanding a lot of pressure it’s difficult, especially against some good players as we were. The way they play, they like to manipulate the ball and move it side to side.
“It’s always difficult but it was a sweet one, especially in front of our fans. Beautiful scenes.”
Manchester United will host AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League on Thursday night, before they turn their attentions back towards Premier League affairs and their home clash against Everton on Sunday.
The Red Devils are aiming to try and break back into the top four this season after they finished sixth and without a trophy last term.