Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Lauds 'Physical Monster' Scott McTominay After Record-Breaking Brace

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
Dec 20, 2020, 10:30 PM GMT
McTominay scored twice inside the first three minutes against Leeds
McTominay scored twice inside the first three minutes against Leeds | MICHAEL REGAN/Getty Images

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer described Scott McTominay as a "physical monster" after he bagged a record-breaking brace during Manchester United's 6-2 victory over Leeds.

McTominay became the first player in history to score two goals in the opening three minutes of a Premier League match, netting two fine strikes against the Whites to give the Red Devils a dream start.

His first was an arrowing shot from outside the area after 67 seconds and he soon slotted home another to put United 2-0 up following good work from Anthony Martial.

A Bruno Fernandes brace, as well as goals from Victor Lindelof and Daniel James, helped United dismantle Marcelo Bielsa's side, but Solskjaer was quick to recognise after the game the impact McTominay had made.

"Scott used to be a striker as a kid – he is a physical monster," Solskjaer told BBC Radio 5Live (via Goal). "He can win in the air, he wins tackles, but he's so strong and he's quick as well. He just ran into the space that we hoped he would get and it was good work by the other players to create the space and good finishes.

"I have to stop Scott from doing that sometimes – he is an attacking midfielder by nature. But when he sees space in front of him, why stop him? But he's great at shielding his back four."

The Norwegian also touched on the importance of James netting his Premier League first goal since August 2019, in what was just his seventh appearance of the season.

James was handed a rare start
James was handed a rare start | Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

"The goal will give Dan James a lot of confidence too," Solskjaer added. "He's been biding his time, been patient, been working hard and he's still as fit as a fiddle and I was very, very pleased for him."

James' goal against Leeds comes amid renewed speculation that he'll seek a loan move away from Old Trafford in January, although fresh reports claim he is keen to stay and fight for his place.