The Ghana midfielder has been out of action since last December due to injury.
"But in the week before the Community Shield against Liverpool, the boss pulled me aside and said he wanted to check that I was focused for the weekend because I was needed".
"He makes players better around him and that's a big, big quality".
"I played the game, we did well and we won".
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Saban said Sunday that Waddle practiced to "some degree" and whether he plays will be a game-time decision. While some watch the game on TV, others like Tommy Ray will actually be at Hard Rock Stadium.
Instead, it was 24-year-old Scottish midfielder McTominay who led the way with a selfless display of running and tackling to ensure that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side made it through to Monday's fourth-round draw.
Arsenal defender Rob Holding has signed a new long-term contract with the north London club. He was in a great deal of pain and we are heading to have to see how he is - but he did not glance very good. "As a cup tie, it could have gone either way and we rue the missed chances", Newcastle manager Steve Bruce said.
"We signed two centre-halves over the summer and I was thinking, 'am I even going to be involved in this?'" Holding told the Telegraph.
"When you are injured you feel first of all the responsibility when the club has made the effort we made to sign him. We will know much more in the next two games".
The new deal runs until 2024 with an option for a further year. "He's a character that he wants to play the next game, hopefully it's not too serious".