Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes the stats speak for themselves when it comes to the midfield partnership between Fred and Scott McTominay.
The axis of the Brazilian and the Scot still attracts criticism from some Manchester United supporters, but their record together is excellent and Solskjaer is delighted with the impact they’ve had.
With Paul Pogba now playing in an attacking left-sided role, Fred and McTominay have been restored to the base of United’s midfield and after an uncertain first half against Roma on Thursday they were excellent after the break.
United have only lost one Premier League game in which they’ve both started since December 2019. That was the 1-0 Old Trafford defeat to Arsenal earlier this season, when they were part of a diamond midfield that included Pogba and Bruno Fernandes.
Solskjaer believes that record shows the value they have to United, despite the criticism that sometimes comes their way.
“Scott and Fred don’t lose many games when they are together and you can go back in the stats that probably the last league game they lost together was probably Watford last season which is quite a long time ago,” he said.
McTominay is likely to feature against Liverpool today and while United seem assured of a second-place finish this season, they can send a message to Jurgen Klopp’s side ahead of next season.
While many neutrals expect a challenge from a rejuvenated Liverpool next term, when their injury crisis has eased, Solskjaer is looking ahead to Manchester City rather than worrying about Liverpool.
“You know, we aren’t looking back – we’re looking forward and looking up to challenge Man City even more,” he said.
“I don’t think we have challenged them enough this season so that’s our aim… to go one step further and challenge a lot more than we have done this season.”