Scott McTominay Shares Erik ten Hag's Winning Strategy for Man Utd's Comeback


Scott McTominay Shares Erik ten Hag’s Winning Strategy for Man Utd’s Comeback

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Manchester United’s midfielder, Scott McTominay, has shared the details of a conversation he had with manager Erik ten Hag just before his crucial match-winning performance against Brentford.

In a thrilling encounter at Old Trafford, the Red Devils secured a 2-1 victory on Saturday, despite trailing for a significant portion of the match. Mathias Jensen had given Brentford the lead in the first half, prompting the visitors to adopt a defensive stance for most of the game, frustrating their hosts.

Throughout the second half, United’s attempts were thwarted by a resolute and determined Brentford side, leading Ten Hag to utilize all five of his available substitutions. McTominay was brought on as the final substitution, replacing Sofyan Amrabat in the 87th minute. In a remarkable turn of events, McTominay went on to score two goals within six minutes of added time, securing a stunning comeback.

Following the match, McTominay was asked about the instructions he received from Ten Hag before entering the field. McTominay responded, “It was very loud, the fans were roaring us on so I couldn’t hear fully. He probably said something like: ‘Go on and score,’ which is what I did.”

In a lighthearted manner, Ten Hag later joked during his own press conference that he did, in fact, instruct McTominay to score two goals. McTominay’s first goal came as he turned and swiveled from approximately 12 yards out, firing the ball past Thomas Strakosha after an initial attempt by Diogo Dalot was parried away. He then secured the winning goal by heading in the ball after Harry Maguire flicked on a long free-kick into the Brentford box.

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Describing the equalizing goal, McTominay said, “When the ball dropped to me, it was at an awkward height, and I didn’t think I could get my leg there, control it, and score. As I said, we wanted to get into their box more as the game went on. But they are a really good team, defended well, and are dangerous on the counter-attack. Eventually, we got the goals.”

Reflecting on his winning goal, McTominay added, “No nerves. Just never give up, no matter the situation. At this football club, it is demanded that you never throw in the towel. For me, I have been brought up here since I was five, and I know that better than anyone.


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