Ole Gunnar Solskjaer lauded his “physical monster” Scott McTominay after the Manchester United midfielder made Premier League history in the demolition of rivals Leeds United.
Man United tore visitors Leeds apart at Old Trafford in a 6-2 success, with the first two goals coming inside three minutes.
McTominay scored both, the earliest brace ever in the competition, as he turned in a dominant individual display.
The Scotland international also assisted Daniel James for the fifth goal from one of three chances created, while he covered 10.8 kilometres – third-most among Man United players – and weighed in defensively with a game-high five clearances.
Although McTominay hobbled off in stoppage time, nursing a groin issue, Solskjaer pointed to the player’s immense energy at the heart of the team as key; the notoriously hard-working Leeds ran only 2.6km further than the Norwegian’s side.
“We knew they have high energy and intense moments,” the manager said. “But the movements of the front lads and the cleanliness of some of the moves allowed Scott to have space in front of him with the ball at his feet.
“He’s a physical monster. He does all his work, every single day meticulously. He never shirks anything.
“And he gets his reward for his fitness and his technical work as well. He’s improving, with space in front of him he can run.
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