Scott McTominay

McTominay reacts to eventful win over Spurs

Sunday 11 April 2021 19:29

Scott McTominay says the key to Manchester United's comeback victory against Spurs was staying calm despite a frustrating first half in which the Reds had an 'obvious goal' ruled out.

McTominay had been at the heart of first-half controversy when an arm flick as he ran forward at an early stage of an attacking move saw a fantastic goal from Edinson Cavani ruled out. Soon after, Son Heung-Min, the player McTominay was adjudged to have fouled, put Spurs in front.
"The message was clear from the manager," McTominay told Sky Sports after the game. "It was to keep calm, there's no need to panic, we're only a goal down.
"We've been in this position before, we know we've got good characters in the team and we have good players who want to take the ball against a really good team."
United's players were visibly and understandably furious when referee Chris Kavanagh ruled out Cavani's goal and McTominay admitted it was a hard pill to swallow.
"Yeah [we were seething], and we can't accept that," he said. "I'm sure there'll be a lot of talk about that but the referees have to make decisions and that's part and parcel of the game. I'm personally not a fan of VAR. It was obviously a goal, the referee's obviously made a mistake but that happens.
"For us, it was a total injustice but you've just got to get on with the game. We can't let that [disallowed goal] dampen the way we were playing towards the end of the first half, but getting three points in a really difficult game was pleasing.
"[It was a] brilliant win and nothing but positives in the second half."
McTominay's midfield partner Fred equalised for United in the 57th-minute before Cavani and Greenwood struck late on to give United a superb win.
"It's strange to see Fred in the box, I know!" joked Scott. "It's good to see. He has that energy, he was terrific.
"I'm sure the manager will be pleased with a lot of players today. Paul [Pogba], Mason [Greenwood] and the boys who got the goals; Edi [Cavani], top, top drawer."
Solskjaer told United's players to stay calm after a difficult first half, said McTominay
For United, it was an opportunity for revenge against a Spurs side that put six past us at Old Trafford earlier in the season.
"That was spoken about a lot before the game," McTominay revealed.
"It was something we had in our mind that we owe these a proper game and not to forget about that game that happened. Today was much better than last time."
Victory for United leaves the Reds seven points clear of third-placed Leicester and a massive 14 ahead of Jose Mourinho's Tottenham. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side now looked ahead to Thursday night's Europa League quarter-final second leg against Granada.