Scott McTominay has been given a welcome boost by Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ahead of a massive week.
The Manchester United midfielder is heading out into Europe with the Scotland team to take on a massive match, facing Serbia for a place at Euro 2020 next summer.
It would be Scotland’s first major tournament since 1998. McTominay will likely feature at centre-back in Steve Clarke’s 3-5-2 system as the Manchester United star excels in unfamiliar territory.
After impressing in that role last month on Scotland duty, McTominay headed back to Manchester United, where the pressure has very much been on after a mixed start to the season.
A good 3-1 victory away to Everton on Saturday eased things and Solskjaer has given Scotland’s enforcer a boost to head to Serbia with. McTominay and midfield partner Fred were hailed as key men in this clash.
“Scott and Fred have done brilliant together,” said Solskjaer (MEN). “They’re a great partnership. Of course, they didn’t start during the week. Scott played 45 minutes in Turkey but you can see they have fresh legs.
“With Bruno [Fernandes]’s goals, Scott and Fred with that energy and in that engine room are always key for us so our creative players can go on, create chances, show their magic. They’re so disciplined and very pleased with the two of them.
“Fred and Scott were fantastic all day long because they didn’t start in the week but the rest were tired. You can see in the first-half today, playing balls, zip about us, and of course we tired.”