Scott: We're at fault for not killing the game

Wednesday 29 November 2023 21:29

Scott McTominay endured a mixed evening on Wednesday, scoring his first UEFA Champions League goal as Manchester United let a two-goal lead slip against Galatasaray.

The result means the Reds' chances of progression now rely on results elsewhere, with just one group-stage match, against Bayern Munich, remaining.

United were excellent in many aspects of the game in Turkey, but McTominay and his colleagues were left with the bitter taste of disappointment after twice having the outcome under control, at 2-0 and 3-1.

Following the final whistle, the midfielder told club media that the attackers bore as much responsibility as our defensive players for the final 3-3 scoreline.
McTominay: We'll learn from tonight Video

McTominay: We'll learn from tonight

Scott McTominay is gutted not to come away with the win, on a night where he scored his first Champions League goal...

“We're so disappointed not to come away with more goals than three to be honest, and if you'd said that to us before the evening started, we'd have been delighted with that, ” said United's no.39.

“Hopefully [we'd also] get another clean sheet. But, in football, there are mistakes and different things that can happen in the game, and it's partly our fault at the other end of the pitch for not killing the game as well.

“I feel like we really did [play well]. We had control and were playing some good stuff but it's football and it can happen.”
Media scrutiny will inevitably fall on Andre Onana, who will likely be disappointed that he failed to prevent Galatasaray's two Hakim Ziyech free-kicks, but McTominay prefers a 'collective' analysis of the 90 minutes and his side's performance.

“There are no individuals in this team,” he said. “We all want to be a collective and push each other forwards together.

“There's no intimidation in football. You have just got to go there [to away stadiums like Newcastle United on Saturday], take it on its head and go for it, and that's the way this team wants to operate. We want to go and fight every challenge head on and that's it. There's no ducking and diving out of situations, we want to go and push ourselves and test ourselves against some really good teams.”
Ten Hag: We should have got over the line Video

Ten Hag: We should have got over the line

Erik ten Hag says United must learn how to manage the game better, after Galatasaray's comeback...

As for his maiden Champions League goal, McTominay was understandably muted.
“[Goals are] something that I want to add to my game,” he admitted, “and obviously I'm delighted with that, in terms of, I think, my first Champions League goal.

“But, hopefully, the result [in Munich] goes our way tonight and we can keep pushing forwards.”