Why Fred and McTominay are starting
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer suggested Scott McTominay and Fred are Manchester United’s most stable midfield partnership to allow their attackers to thrive.
McTominay and Fred were recalled for the 3-1 win over Everton at Goodison Park after Fred was unused in the midweek Champions League defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir, where McTominay emerged for the second-half.
The pair have started together in five of the last seven United games, including the victories over Newcastle and Paris Saint-Germain, and the Basaksehir tie was the only game Fred has been rested for in the last seven.
This is what Solskjaer said on their partnership:
“Scott and Fred have done brilliant together. 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.”