Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has called on Scott McTominay to reach double figures for goals this season following the midfielder’s improvement in front of goal.
McTominay scored an extra-time winner as Manchester United beat West Ham 1-0 in the FA Cup’s fifth round on Tuesday, the Scotland international continuing his impressive recent form after netting for the third consecutive fixture in all competitions.
The 24-year-old has now scored seven goals in all competitions during the current campaign, his best-ever return for the Red Devils and a figure that matches his tally from the previous four seasons combined.
The goals have been a welcome boost for Solskjaer’s side with the likes of Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial having failed to recapture their form of last season, with only Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes having now scored more goals than McTominay so far this season.
Solskjaer admits his side were in need of goal contributions from midfield and the Norwegian has now set McTominay a goalscoring target following an impressive purple patch for the academy graduate.
“We needed more from midfield and Scott has the ability. He used to be a striker,” Solskjaer told his pre-match press conference.
”If he can get to double figures, that would be a very good season for a so-called defensive midfielder.”
United currently sit second in the Premier League ahead of this weekend’s clash with struggling West Brom at The Hawthorns, the Red Devils five points adrift of league leaders Manchester City following a 3-3 draw with Everton last weekend.