Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed Scott McTominay performed with ‘one eye’ within the first-half of Manchester United’s Champions League overcome Paris Saint-Germain as he misplaced a contact lens.
McTominay and Fred began in a midfield axis on the Parc des Princes once more 19 months after their partnership underpinned United’s round-of-16 comeback towards PSG.
Solskjaer performed the duo in Saturday’s 4-1 victory over Newcastle United and entrusted McTominay and Fred over Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic and summer time signing Donny van de Beek.
McTominay, 23, was booked within the first-half however maintained self-discipline towards PSG’s fleet-footed trio of Angel Di Maria, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe and Solskjaer revealed the Scot’s imaginative and prescient was impaired within the first-half.
“They’re in good kind now,” Solskjaer mentioned. “They’re good gamers and performed rather well towards Newcastle, they laid the inspiration for the win in that recreation and laid the inspiration for at present as nicely.
“Scotty performed the first-half with one eye as nicely, that was essentially the most spectacular factor, as a result of he misplaced his contact lens. That was spectacular.”
Solskjaer was thrilled with how United coped with out captain Harry Maguire and fellow centre half Eric Bailly, which resulted in a recall for the imperious Axel Tuanzebe on his first look in 10 months. United switched to a again three and, with the scoreline 1-1, switched to a 4-3-Three with the introduction of Paul Pogba, who assisted Marcus Rashford’s winner.
United have began a pivotal interval with two fabulous away wins forward of the visits of Arsenal, RB Leipzig and Chelsea over the following 10 days and Solskjaer is bullish once more after the demoralising thrashing by Tottenham.
“Victor [Lindelof] and Axel are our central defenders and performed great, however Luke Shaw, usually a full-back, defended rather well as a aspect centre-back. I’ve obtained no points in any respect [in defence]. I am very pleased with my gamers.
“If you win video games and carry out nicely you get confidence, We will go into that recreation with confidence.”
Bruno Fernandes opened the scoring on his first look as United captain with a retaken penalty after the primary one was saved by Keylor Navas, who strayed off his line. Fernandes was denied at Newcastle on the weekend however Solskjaer is unlikely to assign penalty duties to a different participant.
“Not stunned,” he mentioned of Fernandes stepping up for the second penalty. “However, in fact, you already know he is obtained nice character, as you noticed at Newcastle and I used to be certain he would need to take it once more. No nerves from that boy.
“I believe he is a unbelievable particular person, actually good soccer participant as nicely however a winner, good character. He helps everybody round him and desires the perfect for the crew and is a frontrunner.”