Scott calls for strong United response
Scott McTominay has said Manchester United’s game with Tottenham ‘can’t come quickly enough’, as the squad are keen to respond to Sunday’s difficult defeat to Liverpool.
The Reds have had a rare free midweek after the Premier League loss to the Merseysiders, which Scott admits is still hurting everyone in the dressing room.
But, with a trip to the capital next up, our no.39 acknowledges there is a need to show what we’re all about out on the pitch.
“Yeah, obviously it goes without saying. I don’t think I need to say too much. There has to be a reaction,” Scott told club media.
“It [the performance] is not good enough for the manager, most definitely, and that’s the hurtful thing for us players. It’s not good enough by any stretch of the imagination. We need to do more and that’s fine.
“It’s not easy speaking about what happened at the weekend. It’s a freak result which has come around. But, as I say, we need to go on and focus on pushing forwards. Try to forget about it and push on to the weekend.”
McTominay gave an insight into the work being put in at Carrington this week and also paused to thank the Old Trafford crowd for their unceasing efforts in supporting the team on Sunday.
He called for that faith to continue as fans look forward to a first trip to the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium since it opened in 2019.
“We’ve had a good couple of days’ training, to be fair,” the Scotland international added. “As I say, it’s not easy.
“We’ve got fighters in the dressing room, for sure, it’s easy to say it but we have to do it for the fans. They deserve better than that.
“They were absolutely different class for the last hour when we were down to 10 men and they were keeping the ball.
“It’s not easy to watch that, it was obviously so hurtful but stick with us. There is more to [us] than what you saw at the weekend.”
United have the perfect reference for the type of performance Scott is calling for, with Solskjaer’s side recovering from a half-time deficit in north London six months ago to beat Spurs 3-1.
It was one of our most impressive showings in 2020/21 and was borne out of a sense of injustice when Edinson Cavani’s first-half goal was ruled out for a perceived foul by McTominay on Son Heung-min.
“Obviously, you can’t stop thinking about Liverpool but that’s the reaction that we need,” said Scott, when we reminded him of that encounter. “Something like that. A game like that.
“There are fighters in the team and leaders, we’ve got so much experience and we’re looking forward to it. It can’t come quickly enough.”