Scott McTominay’s return from injury couldn’t have come at a better time, with him putting top shifts in against Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City this week.
The Scot, who turns 23-years-old today, has now played in nine games against ‘the big six’, with United winning six of them and drawing three.
Having sung the praises of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following our win over Jose Mourinho’s Spurs, in an interview with Sky Sports, McTominay again hailed the manager for his game plan to beat Pep Guardiola’s City.
Going into the game we knew exactly how we wanted to play and that first 30 minutes epitomised everything we spoke about in the meetings in the build up to the game. It’s just nice to have one pay off. It was always going to be difficult. They’re a top team with some world-class players in there and you have got to deal with them, but I thought in the first 30 minutes, in particular, we were frightening on the break.
It gives you the platform to go and attack the game as well. We were good on the ball and we withstood some tremendous pressure in the second half as well which will stand us in good stead for the games to come.
We’ve had so many games where we’ve just fallen short and we’ve been unfortunate with some results, but that shows you’ve just got to keep working hard as well. It was tough. When you’re withstanding a lot of pressure it’s difficult, especially against some good players as we were. The way they play, they like to manipulate the ball and move it side to side. It’s always difficult but it was a sweet one, especially in front of our fans. Beautiful scenes.
It was a big week for us. We spoke about that in the build up to it with difficult games. It just tops it off. Hopefully we can take our results from the last two games and take it forward. We’re improving and it’s a joy to watch.