Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned Manchester United fans that Scott McTominay needs to be managed “properly” on his return from injury. The midfielder was back on the bench for the Premier League clash against Watford at Old Trafford on Sunday.
McTominay has been absent since suffering a knee injury in the Boxing Day thrashing of Newcastle.
He returned to full training earlier this month and stepped up his comeback during the warm-weather training camp in Marbella during the winter break.
McTominay was named as a substitute for Watford’s visit to Old Trafford on Sunday.
He made a late appearance off the bench as a replacement for Fred.
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Solskjaer, however, believes patience is required when it comes to McTominay getting back up to full speed.
Speaking before the clash against Watford, Solskjaer said: “Scott’s recovered really quickly. He’s been doing everything to get back and he’s looking stronger and quicker.
“He wanted to play today but we need to manage him properly.”
Solskjaer was full of praise for McTominay’s speed of recovery when asked about the 23-year-old following Thursday’s Europa League clash with Club Brugge.
“I’m not surprised [he’s back so soon] because that’s the type he is,” the United boss said.
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“He’s a physical specimen, he’s a leader. He never shirks a tackle and he brings everyone with him. He can sit with Nemanja [Matic] and Fred or he could be one of the runners in midfield.
“Talking about that here today, we don’t really make enough runs past the striker. Scott used to be a striker so he’s used to being in the box.”
United are up to fifth in the Premier League table after convincingly beating Watford.
Bruno Fernandes won and converted a penalty before the half-time break while Anthony Martial doubled the lead with a superb solo effort in the second half.
Mason Greenwood put the icing on the cake with a fierce finish in the 75th minute after good build-up play with Fernandes.
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