Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to ‘unleash’ clinical Man Utd star after West Ham FA Cup win
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has expressed he wants to “unleash” Scott McTominay after the midfielder bagged another goal against West Ham in the FA Cup on Tuesday night. United progressed to the next round of the competition thanks to McTominay’s extra time goal.
McTominay continued his good form this season by scoring the winner against David Moyes’ side at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.
Solskjaer named a rotated side to face West Ham, giving game time to the likes of Nemanja Matic, Dean Henderson, Alex Telles and Donny van de Beek.
But after a fairly dull game, the United boss rang in the changes late in the game, bringing on Edinson Cavani, Bruno Fernandes, Luke Shaw, Brandon Williams and McTominay.
And it was the young Scotsman who made the difference, as he fired in the winner in the 97th minute.
McTominay popped up inside the area and made space for himself to drill the ball into the bottom corner after Marcus Rashford tapped the ball down for him.
The midfielder had barely any time to adjust himself to strike the ball cleanly, something that caught Solskjaer’s eye.
Speaking afterwards, the United boss indicated he wants McTominay to get forward more and make use of his eye for goal.
“Of course it is (a healthy habit) from a defensive midfielder,” he said.
“We will have to unleash him and release him forward because he is a goal threat in the box and he’s got a good strike in him.”
Solskjaer went on to add that he wants the rest of his midfielders to learn from McTominay’s goalscoring exploits.
“He’s a clinical striker of the ball,” he continued.
“He used to be a striker, we know that, and he finishes with authority.
“He’s like ‘bang! finish’, no safety – and that is something we have got to learn from.”
Solskjaer also explained why he has left Van de Beek on the bench for the majority of his time at United, and praised his performance on Tuesday.
He said: “I thought the first half we and Donny played really well. We created the spaces we wanted to and he was part of that.
“He did his job really well, he was clean and tidy, had half a chance when Alex pulled the ball back to him. Of course, the second half the whole team fell off a little bit and we wanted to make a few changes.”