Scott hopes to stay fully focused - literally!

Scott McTominay has joked he is ready for any further contact lens issues after being forced to play with only one for part of last week's memorable Champions League victory in Paris.

The Scot revealed after the 2-1 win that he played most of the first half partially sighted after Neymar accidentally caught him in the face and dislodged his lens.

Ahead of our second group game, at home to RB Leipzig, McTominay is hoping to stay fully focused - literally - throughout the 90 minutes.

Scott on lenses and LeipzigVideo

“I got one in the face in training this week and I was like 'oh no here we go again!'” he joked. “It's amazing how they can stay in by getting a ball right in your eye. Your eye starts watering but they still stay in. The other day was unfortunate, he just had his hand in my eye so there wasn't really an awful lot I could do about that.

I couldn't see and obviously that’s not good – especially in a big game! A lot of it was just running off instinct but I’ve got one eye with 20-20 vision and the other one without the prescribed lens and it’s strange. If you’ve seen me without my lenses, I’ve not got the best vision. So I ran in very quickly at half-time to put the lens in and then, when I came back out for the second half, it was normal. I was like: ‘This is amazing, I can actually see what is going on!’

“That was the first time it happened the other day and hopefully the last one. I'm always prepared, I've always got five or six spares just in case we have an accident again. And I'll speak to my contact lens lady, she's amazing!”

McTominay has featured alongside Fred in midfield in our last three games after the pair formed an impressive link-up last term. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is spoilt for choice with the excellent options available in the centre of the park and Scott says the quality throughout the squad is as good as any around.

“I feel like the amount of players that we have in midfield and the quality that’s there is amazing. And I feel like it’s one of the best midfields in the world to compete pound for pound with any team,” he declared. “That’s how confident we are in terms of the quality that we do have, not just in midfield but with the strikers, the wingers, the full-backs… everywhere across the pitch. 

You look at the central defensive options that we’ve got as well and then with Dean Henderson and Lee Grant, the keepers who are challenging David [De Gea] every single day in training. For us it’s a blessing to have a squad like that and the manager can be pleased with the fact that everybody is really pushing as well.

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