McTominay: This victory is massive

Thursday 13 October 2022 23:11

Manchester United’s matchwinner against Omonia Nicosia, Scott McTominay, has spoken of the significance of the victory in our bid to top Europa League Group E.

The midfielder was introduced as a second-half substitute, before netting a 93rd-minute goal to claim all three points at Old Trafford.

It looked as if the Reds were going to have to settle for a point until Scott’s late strike, which keeps us three points behind Real Sociedad, with two games remaining.

“That’s massive for us,” McTominay told BT Sport. “That was the message before the game, strongly reiterated by the coaches – win the group.

“Everyone wants to win the group, it’s important for the games coming ahead so, as I say, for us, it’s massive.”

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Despite the Reds being comfortably in command for much of the night, the scores had been kept level by Omonia keeper Francis Uzoho.

The Nigeria international enjoyed one of the performances of his career as he pulled off a host of excellent saves to deny United’s strikers for so long.

On the rival goalie's performance, Scott said: “He was outstanding and sometimes you think it’s not going to be your day but, as I say, credit to the team.

He added: “You have to be patient. Marcus had so many opportunities and he’s come in at the end saying ‘I could have been there all day and the ball wouldn’t have gone in the net’.

“He’s done pretty much everything but score, but yeah as I say – we hit the crossbar with Casemiro. Their goalkeeper, I've just seen him then, was different class, to be fair to him, so fair play to them.”

Despite the challenges faced in breaking the deadlock, Scott said he was confident United would find a way through.

“We’ve got a really good team spirit within the group, where everyone keeps going and fighting for your place every single week and, for us, their goalie was outstanding which is unfortunate but we managed to get the goal in the end, which was good.”

Scott added: “They’re sat in deeper and deeper as the game goes on so there’s a lot of space towards the edge of the box and, obviously, that was the place where we could exploit that – obviously with shots at the edge of the box.”

It was another occasion in which the substitutes have made an impact, with McTominay joining Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial in scoring having come off the bench in our last three outings.

“It’s important that we dial into every game and obviously it’s a squad game, like you see with the lads who have come off the bench against Everton, the game before that obviously and tonight. It’s what the manager wants – so yeah everyone’s pleased.”