Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has heaped praise on midfielder Scott McTominay after he scored his maiden senior goal during the club’s 2-1 Premier League defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers. The Scotland international has only earned the occasional start this term, but he has managed to make the most of the game time to earn the plaudits of the head coach.

In a press conference, Solskjaer praised the showing of the young midfielder, who opened the scoring at the Molineux Stadium on Tuesday. He added that the Scot has never disappointed in the club’s shirt and he could have a long future ahead of him with the Red Devils, he said: “Scott has never ever let us down and he never disappoints when he plays.

“And tonight was another very, very fine performance by Scotty. So, it won’t be hard to see him play many, many games for Man United, because he has got such a great mentality. He is so athletic, he can play in different positions. Today we feel that’s his best position, like a high midfielder, but he can play in that defensive role easily, like he has done against PSG and Liverpool. So I was very, very pleased with him.”

McTominay had a couple of off-performances during the opening stages of the season and this had brought plenty of criticism from the club’s faithful. However, he has managed to overcome the same with strong displays against the likes of Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain this year, and the Wolves game saw the creative side of him as he found the scoresheet for the first time at senior level.

Nonetheless, he cannot afford to drop the performance levels in the future, given the competition present at the club and the fresh recruits who could be purchased during the summer. United recently suffered their third defeat from four matches after Wolves secured a 2-1 triumph over them. Diogo Jota and an unfortunate Chris Smalling own goal sealed the win for the Wolves after McTominay’s opener.