Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says that Manchester United will be careful with how they manage Scotland star Scott McTominay’s return to full fitness.

After suffering ligament damage in December, the Scots midfielder made his return against Watford yesterday. He appeared from the bench with 11 minutes to go in the game.

Back in action. (Photo by John Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Speaking to the Express though, Solskjaer has called for a careful approach. McTominay might be back but he won’t thrown in at the deep end quite yet.

“Scott’s recovered really quickly,” the Norwegian said. “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.”

A chance to get full sharpness

This may be pleasing news for Scotland boss Steve Clarke. Solskjaer seems unwilling to risk further damage to McTominay, opting for gentle steps back into Manchester United action.

Careful measures. (Photo by John Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

That approach should help him get match sharpness and stay injury-free ahead of a big March for Scotland. Euro 2020 play-off matches against Israel and potentially Norway or Serbia, if they beat the Israelites, could send the Tartan Army to its first major tournament since 1998.

McTominay’s return for United ended in a positive manner. The Red Devils beat Watford 3-0 thanks to goals from Bruno Fernandes, Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial.

The returning McTominay was one of many positives for both club and country over the weekend.

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