Revealed: Your Man of the Match against Leeds

Sunday 20 December 2020 20:09

Manchester United produced a brilliant team performance to beat Leeds 6-2 at Old Trafford, but Scott McTominay registered an overwhelming majority in our official Man-of-the-Match poll.

The Academy graduate broke the deadlock in just the second minute at Old Trafford with a stunning 20-yard strike that flew into the bottom corner of the net. He then doubled his tally seconds later, by latching on to Anthony Martial’s pass to execute a lovely left-footed finish past the goalkeeper.

That early brace made McTominay the first player in Premier League history to score twice inside the opening three minutes, as well as the first to score twice in this fixture since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in 2002.

Scott added an assist to his two goals by supplying the pass from which Daniel James scored in the second half, capping his excellent individual performance in the stunning top-flight victory.

In recognition of his stellar display, the Scotland international received 85 per cent of votes that were cast in our Man-of-the-Match poll – which is one of the biggest margins we have ever seen. 
Ole: They run, they run, they run! Video

Ole: They run, they run, they run!

Solskjaer was particularly impressed with the performances of two Reds, during our 6-2 win...

Bruno Fernandes, our other two-goal hero, finished second in the poll with 10 per cent of the result and the voting was spread evenly thereafter, with six other players all earning one per cent each (David De Gea, Victor Lindelof, Fred, James, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial). 

United legend Roy Keane watched the win over Leeds in his role as a Sky Sports pundit and he was impressed by McTominay’s performance, even praising the midfielder’s short-and-sharp haircut.

“He’s 24, he’s maturing, he’s a good shape, he’s played a lot of games at the top level,” explained Keane in the studio. “He’s played in one or two different roles for the national team. I even like his haircut, I think his haircut looks sharp! 

“He needs to be thinking, can I pass it forward to a forward more. We see a lot of teams who think about possession and tippy-tappy football, but for a midfielder, if the space is in front of you, just run.  It was the perfect game for him. He kept it simple and the kid’s maturing really well.”
Gary Neville also compared McTominay to Keane and Paul Scholes during his Sky Sports commentary, which was put to Scott following the final whistle.

“Well, obviously it’s a nice combination,” said our no.39. “You’re just on the pitch to do your job and I don’t want to get too carried away. It’s nice obviously to score two goals and the team do a really good job. Obviously for us it’s all about the next game, the next game is a cup final for us at this football club and the manager reiterated that to us last year. 

“We were far too inconsistent, approaching games not in the right frame of mind but this year, we have to be so focused in everything we do and the way we approach the game. 

“For us today, I felt like we showed that and obviously we’re on a really good run. It’s a good job we scored six at home, for the dressing room getting used to score goals, you know, it’s so important to have that fortress for the other teams to be scared about us.”
Solskjaer was also full of praise for McTominay in his post-match comments, saying: “He's one of those boys, both him and Fred, they never stop. They run, they run and they run. We knew that it was going to be a game for fitness and physicality and excellent performances.”

Congratulations to Scott McTominay and thanks to everybody who voted.