Scott McTominay.

Scott wants to make Old Trafford a fortress

Sunday 20 December 2020 19:38

Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay was outstanding on Sunday, scoring twice as the Reds overcame Leeds United 6-2 at Old Trafford.

Our Scotland international midfielder set the standard early on at Old Trafford, scoring twice inside 160 seconds, to send United 2-0 up against Leeds.

After the match, he praised the way Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side approached the first Premier League battle with the Yorkshire outfit since 2004.

"For us, it was a good game," McTominay told Sky Sports. "For me, I’m used to playing high-energy, high-tempo football matches and obviously for us, as a team, we played really well today. I thought it was well deserved, the six goals.

"I think everyone knows Leeds as a team, they’re an amazing team with an amazing coach, you know. I feel like the detail, on and off the ball, is high, and we know it as well. We’ve done a lot of video analysis on them as well so, for me, the manager got us to do a job today and it paid off when we got six goals."

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His two quick-fire goals also created Premier League history. No player has ever scored two goals that early in a game in the competition. During commentary, former United captain Gary Neville described McTominay as a combination of Roy Keane and Paul Scholes, something our no. 39 was understandably flattered with.

"Well, obviously," he answered, when asked if he liked the comparison.

"You’re just on the pitch to do your job and I don’t want to get too carried away. It’s nice obviously to score two goals and the team doing a really good job."

The Academy product is particularly pleased with the consistency United have shown in the league this season after a rocky start.

"Obviously, for us it’s all about the next game, the next game is a cup final for us [the Carabao Cup quarter-final at Everton] at this football club and the manager reiterated that to us last year," the midfield man revealed.

"We were far too inconsistent, approaching games not in the right frame of mind but this year, we have to be so focused in everything we do and the way we approach the game.

"For us today, I felt like we showed that and obviously we’re on a really good run. It’s a good job we scored six at home, for the dressing room getting used to score goals, you know, it’s so important to have that fortress for the other teams to be scared about us."

McTominay went on to talk about the importance of scoring goals at Old Trafford, after struggling in this area this term, and expressed his desire to make the Theatre of Dreams a tough place to visit. 

"Obviously it changes it because you get used to scoring goals and everybody gets a boost of energy and, obviously, the athleticism that we showed today was second to none,” he said.

"I feel like the distances we all covered as a team… First of all we win the ball, the battles, the basics in a football match and the quality comes out at the end. That’s what the message was and I felt like we delivered that today."

Following the convincing win against Marcelo Bielsa's side, United are now third in the Premier League, five points behind leaders Liverpool with a game in hand.

"We don’t look at the table. We've got no time for looking, seeing all the fixtures and the games that we’ve got. We need to take every single game one by one, one by one and, come the end of the season, you’ve no idea where we can be."